Robert Roland Anthis

On March 18, Robert Roland Anthis, also known as “Colorado Bob,” loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to many, passed away at the age of 96.

Anthis was born on October 19, 1925 in Guthrie, Oklahoma to Rollin and LuLu Maude Anthis. He was the youngest of five children.

Anthis was married for 65 years to Ruth Anthis before she passed away in 2011. Together they raised two children, Max Anthis of Pine and Judy Callaway of Rockford, Minnesota.

Anthis served in the U.S. Navy and fought in World War II from 1943-1945. He was a master craftsman and owned his own roofing and insulation business for 10 years. Anthis enjoyed the great outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping. He and his wife retired to Leadville from Colorado Springs in 1987.  Colorado Bob is known for his handmade fishing nets. He was a member of the Elks Lodge #236 for 32 years and long-time member of the Eternal Order of Masons.

Anthis is preceded in death by his parents, his wife and siblings.

Anthis is survived by his daughter Judy Callaway of Rockford; son Max Anthis of Pine; grandchildren Luci (Travis) Cantrell of San Antonio, Texas, Laura (Tom Jacobson) Rothi of Elk River, Minnesota, Troy Anthis (Dana) of Alaska, Lindsay Anthis of Denver, Austin Anthis of Pine, and Christopher and Clifford of Indiana; great-grandchildren Wesley Rothi, Abby Jacobson and Ruby Jacobson, all of Elk River, Aspen and Gwyneth Cantrell of San Antonio, Solveigt and Erica Anthis of Alaska; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held at the Leadville Elks Lodge on March 26 with Pastor Peggy Marshall officiating.