A Memorial Day "Celebration of Life" was held this weekend to honor former Craig resident and Routt County native Robert W. "Bob" Bedell, who lost his brave battle with cancer in December at his Hayden home at the age of 66.
On Jan. 12, 1938, Bedell was born just before his identical twin brother, Richard W. "Dick" Bedell, to Orval W. and Lillie (White) Bedell of Hahn's Peak. Regrettably, Lillie did not survive the births, so the grandparents, William and Ora Bedell, were a big help. Orval married Willett Gilleland, and the family was completed with three more brothers, Orval Jr., David J. and Donald Lee. They lived on a ranch near Clark, attended Clark School before busing to Steamboat Springs junior high and high schools.
Bedell was active in winter sports, wrestling and Future Farmers of America, and he and Dick were in the U.S. Army Reserve.
He graduated from Steamboat Springs with the Class of 1957, and married his high school sweetheart, Janice Walsh, on June 2, 1957. They lived in the Steamboat and Craig areas where he was a ranch hand, truck driver and sawmill worker before finding his real skill in operating heavy equipment.
He joined the Operating En--g--ineers Union. He and his wife lived one year at Silverthorne while he helped with constructing the Dillon Dam and Eisenhower Tunnel, two years in Gas Hills, Wyo., where he worked on the uranium mines, and in Lewistown, Mont., where he was working on building missile sites when his father became ill and they returned to the Clark ranch.
He and Jan lost their fathers that year, as well as their son, Michael Orval, and the marriage ended after nearly nine years.
He was married briefly two years later to his boss's daughter, Sarah Welling, and they had his beloved daughter, Sabra Ann, while he worked construction. They divorced and he married Carolyn Brady in Colorado Springs on Feb. 24, 1970. They had two wonderful sons, Glen R. and William D., while living in Kremmling.
In the fall of 1978, they moved to Hayden. Bedell worked for the mine and then Routt County Road and Bridge Department. He was promoted and was foreman of the Hayden area at the time of his retirement in 1998.
They purchased a Hayden home, and he thoroughly enjoyed his sons and being close to his brothers who still lived in the Steamboat area. Hunting, fishing, and four-wheeling was enjoyed by all as well as wonderful family get-togethers. His wife, Carolyn, died at their Hayden home in January of 1995.
He was so pleased to see his oldest son, Glen, marry and have two wonderful grandchildren, Brenner Robert and Madison R. Bedell, whom he thoroughly enjoyed.
He is survived by his daughter, Sabra Ann of Colorado Springs; sons Glen R. of Hayden and William D. "Billy" of Fort Collins; grandchildren Brenner and Madison of Hayden; twin brother, Richard W. of Clark; and brothers Orval Jr. and David of Clark, and Donald of Grand Junction; former wives; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, hunting buddies, neighbors and friends.
He was a very special person and is sincerely missed by all.