Funeral services for Robert Lee "Bob" Champion, 89, of Denver City will be conducted Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. in the Denver City Church of Christ with Brother Skip Rodgers officiating. Graveside services will follow on Thursday, September 26, 2013, at 11:00 A.M. in the Cottonwood Cemetery in Cottonwood, Texas with services under the direction of Ratliff Funeral Home of Denver City. Robert passed away September 23, 2013 in Denver City. Bob was born on July 23, 1924 in Cottonwood, Texas to Calvin and Alice Champion. He served in U.S. Army during WW II. Robert married Murl "Murt" Barnett on April 2, 1950 in Hobbs, New Mexico who preceded him in death on October 19, 1998. He later married Lillian Ray Cloud in Denver City on August 7, 2001. Bob retired from El Paso Natural Gas after 37 years as a Plant Operator. He is preceded in death by two brothers Glenn and Claud Champion. Bob is survived by his wife Lillian Ray Champion; two daughters Debbie Crowley and husband Bob of Houston; Deena Mitchell and husband Dale of Katy; a step-son, Jerry Wayne Cloud and wife Dora of Clayton, New Mexico; two step-daughters , Ann Richardson and husband Jerry of Denver City, Vicki Williams and husband Randy of Levelland; a sister, Viola Turnbough and husband David of Lubbock; 20 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. Bob was loved by all and an inspiration to many. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Ladies Auxiliary "Pink Pantry" C/o Yoakum County Hospital at 412 Mustang , Denver City, Texas or the New Mexico Children's Home of Portales, New Mexico at 1356 New Mexico hwy 236, Portales, New Mexico 88130-9411
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Published in Midland Reporter-Telegram on Sept. 25, 2013