A Life Remembered Robert Allen Funnell, a former resident of Denver and Littleton, was born 23 July 1936 in Longmont, Colorado to Arthur Bryce Funnell and Dorothy Dell Chaffee Funnell. He died 04 November 2011, shortly after moving to Palm Desert, California, after, as he said, "having had a hell of a great life with nothing left on my bucket list." The family moved to Denver in 1937, where Bob graduated from East High School in 1954. He joined the U. S. Navy in 1955 and was a flight radioman based out of Barbers Point, Hawaii. While home on leave he married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Law - a marriage that unfortunately lasted only a few years. Returning home from his military service he attended the University of Denver, graduating in 1960 with a BSBA in Finance. He worked for Mutual of New York and became active in the Colorado Jaycee organization. He not only served in many elected positions with that organization and won many awards for his involvement; he also became their Executive Vice President and was responsible for all the major fundraising. In 1966, Bob married Nancy Jane Gentry, moved to the San Francisco Bay area and became General Manager of Capital Management Corporation, a real estate management company. 1969 saw his entry into the computer business - an industry he would be involved with in one way or another for the next 23 years. Taking a sabbatical in 1986, he got his California General Contractors license and founded Village Homes, a home remodeling company. When the real estate market took a turn for the worse, he returned to high tech as a sales and marketing executive until his retirement at the age of 56. He and Nancy returned to the Denver area in the fall of 2003 to be closer to old friends and family but moved on to the warmer climes of Palm Desert in July of 2011. His hobbies were golf, photography, ceramics and stained glass. He loved to collect antiques and cars. He measured his wealth in his extended family, his old friends and memorable experiences. He has been and will continue to be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him. We have lost our trombone player. Remember him with a smile.
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Published in Denver Post on Nov. 4, 2012