Robert F. Baroch, 89, of Greenwood Village passed away on March 20, 2013.
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The only child of Mortimer S. Baroch and Lucille I. Lippincott, he was born on Aug. 7, 1923, at St. Joseph Hospital in Denver. He graduated from St. Francis High School in 1941. He attended the University of Colorado before enlisting in the U.S. Navy. He served in the Navy from 1942 to 1946, with active duty on the USS Willis (DE 395) in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. After the war, he re-enrolled at the University of Colorado and graduated in 1950. He was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.
Bob married Barbara Whirry in 1952. He worked as a stock and bond broker for Boettcher and Co. and Goodbody and Co. in Denver. They moved to Evergreen, in 1959, where they raised their five sons. He obtained his master's degree in economics from the University of Denver in 1969 and went on to work as the administrative assistant to governor John Love. He worked in the Department of Commerce in the Sister Cities program, spending time in Brazilia and Belo Horizonte, Brazil. He retired from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment in 1987.
Bob learned to sail at age 10 in San Diego, and that became his passion in life. He and Barb kept a sailboat in the Virgin Islands for several years and sailed throughout the Caribbean.
Bob was preceded in death by his loving wife, Barbara, after 54 years of marriage. He is survived by his five children, Steve (Kimberly) of Cortez, John (Amy) of Wellington, Dave (Kaylene) of Magnolia, Texas, Tom (Lee Ann) of Evergreen and Greg (Susan) of Highlands Ranch; grandchildren Brad (Katelynn) of Austin, Texas, Brett (Mandy) of Houston, Tom of Greenville, S.C., Rob of Fort Worth, Texas, Kimmy of Denver, Carly of Boulder, Ben of Durango, and Amanda and Melissa of Highlands Ranch.
A funeral Mass will be recited Saturday, April 6 at 1 p.m. at Christ the King Church, 4291 Evergreen Parkway. Internment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Wheat Ridge.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ave Maria School of Law, 1025 Commons Circle, Naples, FL 34119-1376; or to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.support.woundedwarriorproject.org or 1 S. Nevada Ave., Suite 205, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.
Published in Canyon Courier from Apr. 3 to Apr. 9, 2013