Robert (Bob) W. Toepfer Jr. was born on January 26, 1934 in Tarentum, PA to the late Robert W. and Bertha Palm Toepfer. He is survived by his wife Sherry, daughters Erin and Leslie, and his beloved Schnauzer, Chloe, as well as extended family in Pueblo, classmates and friends throughout the United States. Bob graduated from Penn State University in 1956, and served in the USAF at Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio. After his marriage, Bob and Sherry spent three years in Orlando, Florida, where he worked as an engineer for Martin Marietta. Then a move to New Hampshire in 1967 inspired a love of antiques, especially antique clocks, and he became a certified horologist and owned his own antique store, The Yankee Drummer, for several years. A return to Dayton in 1978 completed his career as configuration manager for the F-16 Air Force fighter jet. He was proud to be part of that team. Although a native of Pennsylvania, Bob loved the west and retirement brought him to Colorado in 1994. He enjoyed spending time in Lake City, CO with his "brothers" (Ron, Tunney, & Dick) and his nephews and nieces. In his early retirement he volunteered at the Visitor Center at Garden of the Gods. He also enjoyed spending time at the gun club with good friends, Bruce and Vern. In accordance with his wishes there will be no service. A celebration of life will take place at a later date and his ashes will be scattered over Pikes Peak and Engineer Pass in the San Juan Mountains. Bob was a proud member of the NRA, a strong supporter of radio station KCME, as well as the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. If desired, a contribution in his name can be made to KCME or the Philharmonic. The family wishes to extend sincere gratitude for the care and support of family, neighbors and friends.
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Published in The Gazette from Mar. 5 to Mar. 6, 2013