Robert "Bob" Sunderlin, Jr., 75, passed away Dec. 9, 2017. Bob was born Feb. 8, 1942, in Gunnison, Colo. and was raised at the family ranch at Iola, Colo.; and on the Tex Lodge Ranch Resort at Iola, Colo. Bob went to school in Iola and went to high school in Gunnison, graduating in 1960; he went to Ft. Lewis A&M in Durango, Colo. In the winter of 1961 he had a life changing accident as he and his classmate slid off and went down 500 feet off of Coal Bank Hill, they both laid in the snow for 24 hours. Bob was in a coma for 28 days, with a head injury plus being partially paralyzed on the right side. He was able to use his right arm some, and was able to walk. Bob attended the trade school in Provo, Utah and got an electronics' degree, and later opened a TV Repair Shop in Gunnison for a few years.
In the late ’60s Bob purchased his ranch, which he called the Savoy Ranch, in Powderhorn. He loved his mountains, and the rancher lifestyle. At that time he raised Hereford cattle and loved his horse, Shawn, and had beautiful hay fields. The Cebolla Creek ran through his property, which he loved to fish. It was really amazing at all the things Bob could do by himself. Bob had several accidents at the ranch, and the last one is where he had a head injury that put him in the GVH Senior Care Center, where he spent the last five years. Bob's family wants to say "Thank You" to all the staff at the GVH Senior Care Center for all their compassionate and loving care they gave Bob during his stay.
Bob's parents, Bob Sr. and Norma Sunderlin are deceased, and his brother Ron and his wife Sharon are both deceased. Bob is survived by his brothers; Bill, (Judy) of Iola, Colo.; DareII, (Linda), Dillon Mont., and sister, Sharell, (Larry), Buckeye, Ariz., and five nephews and nieces, one nephew is deceased; and surviving are 17 great nephews and nieces, and one great great nephew. Bob never married, so his siblings were his only family.
Gunnison Funeral Services were in charge of cremation. No immediate service is planned at this time. A memorial will be held later this summer.