Robert Vern Cruickshank, 81, of Loveland passed peacefully away on December 18, 2012 with his family by his side. Bob ("Bud") was born on January 28, 1931 in Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska to James Moyer Cruickshank and Theresa Elizabeth (Rumpeltes) Cruickshank. He was the second son of three which included his brothers James and Richard. He grew up in Cedar Bluffs where he excelled in sports, playing football, basketball, baseball and running track. Bob graduated from Cedar Bluffs high school in 1948. He married Doris Irene Spies in North Bend, Nebraska on March 21, 1951. He attended Midland College in Fremont, Nebraska where he majored in social studies and Education, graduating in 1953. He was a member of Sigma Rho fraternity while at Midland. After graduation from college, Bob began his education career at Uehling, Nebraska where he was a teacher
and coach of all sports. He was later promoted to the position of Superintendent of Schools. Bob received his Master's Degree in School Administration from the University of Nebraska during his tenure at Uehling High School. After Uehling, he moved with his family which now included daughters Julie and Janet, to Leigh, Nebraska where he was again a high school teacher, coach of championship sports teams and a principal. He also served as Superintendent of Schools in Leigh. The family made another move to Mapleton, Iowa where he served as an elementary principal for three years, moving from there to Loveland in July of 1964 where third daughter, Jaymie was born. He served as an elementary school principal in Berthoud for three years and then opened Van Buren Elementary school in Loveland where he served as principal for nine years. During this time he also assisted in the establishment of the Helping Hand program in Loveland. Bob received his Specialist degree in Education at the University of Northern Colorado after also attending summer school at the University of Northern Michigan and The University of Northern Illinois. He was the Executive Director of Finance for the Thompson School District R2-J for eleven years. He retired in 1987 after a thirty-four year career as an educator. It was a labor of love. He was truly dedicated to serving his students. Bob' s interests included thoroughbred horseracing, coin collecting, lapidary, Cornhusker and Bronco football and gardening. He loved the mountains of Colorado. Bob is survived by Doris, his wife of sixty-one years, his daughters Julie Mills of Loveland, Janet Hardin and husband Jim, also of Loveland and daughter Jaymie Cruickshank of Platteville, grandsons Joshua Hardin of Loveland, Jonathan Hardin of Fort Smith, Arkansas and great-grandson Grant, also of Fort Smith, Arkansas. He is also survived by his sister-in-law Joyce Cruickshank of Columbus, Nebraska, his Cruickshank nephews and nieces and friend Troy Beattie. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son-in-law Patrick Mills, his brothers Richard and James Cruickshank and his sister-in-law Catherine Cruickshank. Private family graveside services were held. In lieu of flowers, Bob would be grateful for donations made to the Thompson Education Foundation in care of Kibbey Fishburn Funeral Home.