Robert Alfred Adler, 91, passed away peacefully at the Colorado State Veteran's Nursing Home in Walsenburg, Colorado on April 24, 2005. Mr. Adler suffered a very long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was born in Somerville, Massachusetts on September 23, 1913 to Alfred A. Adler and Esther N. Nilsson. Robert was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps, 641st Bombardment Squadron, 409th Bombardment Group, WWII. He participated in the D-Day Invasion of Normandy, The Battle of the Bulge at Utah Beach, June 6, 1944. In 2001, he was awarded the French Government Gold Medal for his bravery in action in the Allied Forces march to free Normandy. A member of the U.S. Congress from the State of Colorado presented the medal to Robert at the Colorado State Veteran's Home in Walsenburg. He retired from the Federal Civil Service in 1971. A long time Black Forest, Colorado resident, Robert lived the later years of his life in the Cortez, Colorado area where he was known as "The San Juan Gunsmith." He had a life-long love of history and at the time of his death, had a wonderful collection of history books about the great wars that were turning points in our nation's history. Robert was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife, Laura Frances Fraser, in 1974. He is survived by his four children: Patricia Chamberlain, Colorado Springs, Colorado; Paula Fraser, Seattle, Washington; Gregory Adler, Windsor, Colorado; and Robert Adler, Naples, Florida. In addition, he is survived by his grandsons: Kurtis Haring of Sacramento, California; Sean Adler of Naples, Florida; his granddaughters: Kristen Lichtenberg of Tacoma, Washington; Karen Lichtenberg of Amsterdam; Audra Johanson, U.S. Navy, Rota, Spain; Tori Adler and Laura Adler, Windsor, Colorado; and his great-grandchildren, Brian Adler and Lauren Adler, Naples, Florida; his wonderful sister, Hazel Wilson, Lexington, Massachusetts; his brother, Karl Adler, Bedford, Massachusetts and many nieces and nephews. The family will be receiving visitors at Swan-Law Funeral Home, 501 North Cascade Avenue on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Graveside services with full military honors will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, Eastonville Cemetery, Black Forest, Colorado. The Rev. Nick Natelli will be officiating.
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Published in The Gazette on Apr. 27, 2005