Robert Eugene Bertram died April 16, 2003, while on vacation in Mexico with his family. He was 60.
Bertram was born Jan. 3, 1943, to Tom and Blanche Bertram in Mt. Harris, Colo. He attended school in Hayden and served in the United States Marines during the Vietnam War. He married Rena Ciani on Dec. 29, 1971. They had two sons. He was previously married.
Bertram worked as an underground coal miner at Empire Energy in Craig for 19 years and was currently employed by the Holiday Inn in Steamboat Springs. He was a talented carpenter and it was apparent in the home he and Rena built together. He also enjoyed fishing, being outdoors and his pets. He was dependable, hard working and always took pride in his work.
Bertram touched many lives. He was a loving husband and father, a caring son, brother and uncle. His family and friends knew they could always depend on him for a helping hand, a quick smile and witty remarks to brighten their day.
He gave unselfishly, yet asked for little in return. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Bertram is survived by his wife, Rena, of Hayden; sons Brian, of Hayden, Kevin, of Denver, Bob Jr., and Jeffery; daughter, Brenda Ford; sisters Mary Ann (Paul) McGilton, of Craig, Linda Bertram, of Lafayette, Colo., and Nancy Pogline, of Hayden; brothers Billy and Tim (Donna), of Hayden and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother and father; brother, Jimmy; and sisters Phyllis and Bonnie.
Services were April 26, 2003, at the Mission of Grace Baptist Church in Hayden with Doug Zirkle officiating. Avis Funk was the pianist with Betty Barnes as the soloist. Selections were "You'll Never Walk Alone," "In the Garden" and "Amazing Grace."
Honorary pallbearers were all Bertram's many friends.
Services concluded at the church.