A. Robert “Bob” Hill
7/29/1930 ~ 12/30/2012
A. Robert “Bob” Hill, 82, of La Veta, Colorado, passed away December 30th, 2012 at the Joni Fair Hospice House in Pueblo.
He was born in Circleville, Ohio, on July 29th, 1930. After retiring, he and his wife of 33 years, Kathy, and their daughter Robin made their home in La Veta.
Leaving the family farm, Bob joined the Air Force in 1949 serving in the Korean War, spending time in Japan and Korea. After his discharge he moved to Colorado where he lived the rest of his life, initially in Greeley where he created and owned Adtec Advertising Co.
In 1978, Bob bought Horizon Travel, a travel agency in Longmont, and moved to Pinewood Springs, a lovely mountain community between Lyons and Estes Park. His love for traveling took him all over the world, and he dreamed of living on a sailboat which he would call “Estrella”.
He retired in 1993, moving with his family to Huerfano County, where he began his career as a historical fiction novelist, about the area’s unique history, and ultimately settled in La Veta in 1996. Bob kept busy writing, publishing eight novels in 13 years.
His love of history spilled forth when he became a docent for the Francisco Fort Museum. He also repaired some of the Museum’s relics, a reflection of his love to work with his hands in creative ways.
He also loved music, playing tunes on his electric organ completely by ear.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Hill of La Veta, children and step children: Renterra “Terri” (Hill) Fauth of Silverthorne, CO, Robin Hill of Golden CO, Patrick Kimmitt of Fort Collins, CO, and Greg Kimmitt of Alexandria, VA. He is also survived by his sister, Betty (Hill) Weiss of McCormick, SC.
A memorial gathering will be held this Sunday January 13th at noon at the La Veta Inn, in La Veta, Colorado. Those who knew Bob are invited to come and share the memories.