Bob  Near
Bob Near

April 26, 1929 - June 27, 2016
Born in Lawrence, Kansas
Resided in Arvada, CO
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Bob Near passed away on June 27, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Bob was born on April 26, 1929 to Donald and Lucille Goltry Near in Lawrence, Kansas. He married his wife, Joyce Emick of 64 years in 1952 in Lawrence, Kansas. Bob graduated from Lawrence Memorial High School in 1947 where he was a star athlete and member of the All-Kansas High School Football Team. He graduated from the University of Kansas in 1954 with a Bachelor's in Geology after a 2 year service in the U.S. Army, stationed in Korea. He started his career in 1954 as a Rocky Mountain Petroleum Geologist working for Marathon Oil, Pubco Petroleum and Northern Natural Gas, as well as forming an independent partnership called Bridger Exploration. He continued his 59 year career as a Petroleum Geologist at the Environmental Protection Agency as an Environmental Geologist, retiring in 2013. His professional affiliations included the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Wyoming Geological Association and the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists. He was the Layman of the Year at the Casper, WY YMCA in 1967 and elder at the Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Broomfield, CO and Mount Hope Lutheran Church in Evergreen, CO and an active member at Peace Lutheran Church in Arvada for almost 30 years. Family and friends were everything to Bob. He was a hunter, fisherman and overall sportsman and was a die-hard Kansas Jayhawks fan.

Survived by his wife Joyce; children, Nancy (Richard) Near-Perse, David (Karen) Near, Eric (Holly) Near; grandchildren, Justin (Lauren), Aimee, Adam, Matthew, Daniel, Suzanne, Lauryn and Devon; great-grandchildren, Zack, Alaina, Harper, Savannah and Henry.

A Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 29, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 7577 West 80th Avenue, Arvada, Colorado.

A Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 30, 2016 starting at 10:00 a.m. with the funeral service starting at 11:00 a.m. both at Peace Lutheran Church, 5675 Field Street, Arvada. A Reception honoring Bob will follow the service.

Memorials may be made in Bob's honor to:

The Neurology Fund in Memory of Robert Near
C/O Lutheran Medical Center Foundation
8300 West 38th Avenue
Wheat Ridge, Colorado 80033

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Horan & McConaty - Arvada
7577 West 80th Avenue
Arvada, CO US 80003
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Peace Lutheran Church
5675 Feild Street
Arvada, CO US 80002
Thursday, June 30, 2016
10:00 AM
Funeral Service
Peace Lutheran Church
5675 Field St.
Arvada, CO USA 80002
Thursday, June 30, 2016
11:00 AM


Lutheran Medical Center Foundation
3210 Lutheran Parkway
Wheat Ridge, CO US 80033
Neurology Fund in Memory Of Robert Near