The Obit For Bob Altrogge

Robert Charles "Bob" Altrogge

Published in Denver Post on August 24, 2011

Robert Charles "Bob" Altrogge, 89, died August 13, 2011 at Heritage Club Mountain View in Denver after several months of failing health.

Bob was born September 3, 1921, in Hannibal, MO, to Grover and Gertrude Altrogge. He was an oil/gas lease broker who enjoyed golf, bowling, crossword puzzles, and watching Denver's sports teams (but he especially loved the St. Louis Cardinals). He entertained family and friends with endless stories and jokes.

Bob was an active member of St. James Catholic Church. As a young man Bob dreamed of pitching in the major leagues. He had tryouts with three major league organizations and briefly pitched for a Brooklyn Dodgers minor league affiliate in Quebec before being sidelined with an arm injury.

Bob served in the U.S. Army Air Corps (Kelly Field, San Antonio) and was honorably discharged. He married the love of his life, Joy Latimer, to whom he was married for 65 years before she passed away in March 2011.

In 1951, after a stint with the Texaco Company in Illinois and Michigan, he moved his family to Denver where he began his life-long career as an independent oil/gas lease broker. Over the years, his reputation for honesty and integrity in that field served him well, as did his intricate oil field mapping skills.

Bob is survived by his brother Julian Altrogge of Indiana, PA; his sister Rita Spitz (Dick) of Springfield, IL; daughters Linda Detling (Jim) of Fort Collins and Judy Harrer (Jim) of Golden; grandchildren Paige Tomson (Conroy Manning) of Denver, Jessica Tomson (Imad Shehab) of San Diego, and Zachary Harrer of Golden; and many nieces and nephews.

Bob's life was celebrated at a family memorial service.

The family would like to acknowledge the exceptional care and love given to Bob by the staff at Heritage Club Mountain View, who were like Bob's second family.

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