Robert F. Motis

Robert F. “Bob” Motis was born on June 18, 1939 in Sterling to John and Lillian (Peterka) Motis. He was a graduate of Yuma Union High School and the University of Northern Colorado, and obtained a master’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He married Margie Offerman of Fort Collins in December 1963.

Motis grew up in northeast Colorado and during the summers he worked for his uncle, Rudy Motis, on his ranch near New Raymer, where he learned about hard work, dedication and commitment to doing a job well. He continued working there through his college years.

Motis later worked as a high school business teacher in Leadville, where he also coached basketball and football. After his retirement, Motis became a substitute teacher in Weld County.

Motis served as a member of the Elks Club for over 50 years. He loved all sports, and especially loved elk hunting and gardening. His best times were spent with his grandchildren, his family and his friends. Motis’ family said his ready smile and humor were his special traits.

Motis’ belief in Jesus was strong, and he was quoted as saying, “God is the quarterback — I just run the plays that he tells me.”

Motis was preceded in death by his parents John and Lillian Motis.

Motis is survived by Margie, his spouse of 58 years; his son Tim Motis of Fairbanks, Alaska; his daughters Chris Kerr of Westminster and Janice Motis of Brighton; his brothers Dan Motis of Greeley, C.R. “Clay” Motis of Star, Idaho, and Deane Motis of Edmunds, Washington; his sister Mary Ann Ritz of Littleton; his grandchildren Jonathan Jester of Virginia, Anna Marie Motis of Oregon, Dustin Kerr of California, Aaron Motis, a cadet at the Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut, Sydney Kerr, a student at South Dakota School of Mines, Jeneva, Jenessa, Jenae and Charlie Motis, all of Alaska; and his two great-grandchildren Eleanor and Molly Jester of Virginia.

Recitation of the rosary will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 22, with a Mass of Christian Burial following at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, 2222 23rd Ave., Greeley.

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