Obituary: Robert Lee Tipton

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Robert Lee Tipton of Red Feather Lakes passed away June 14 at home, as he wished. Bob was born November 6, 1928 to Russell and Gladys Tipton in Cheyenne. He married Charlene Matejka in 1948. Bob is survived by his wife of 64 years, Charlene, sister Patricia Duhaime, daughter Roberta (Sam) McGuire, son James Tipton, son Spook (Nancy) Tipton, eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Family was very important to Bob and he was always ready for a picnic or dinner as long as pie and ice cream were served. Bob loved to fly, and was one of the founders of the downtown Fort Collins Airport. He restored airplanes, automobiles and boats, and he enjoyed golf, fishing, hunting and boating. He was a loyal fan of the Broncos and Nuggets, always ready to place a bet.

Bob spent 20 years in the auto parts business in Fort Collins owning Macks Auto Supply and providing expert auto machining. He was preceded in death by a son, his parents, a sister and three brothers. A celebration of life will be held at Chapel in the Pines in Red Feather Lakes at 11 a.m. on July 14 with a potluck meal to follow. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Bob’s name to Pathways Hospice c/o Vessey Funeral Service, 2649 E. Mulberry Street, #A1, Fort Collins, CO 80524. Please sign the guest book at