Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend left this life the morning of April 26. 2005. He passed away peacefully at his home in Grantsville, Utah with his dear wife by his side.
Robert was born Jan. 18, 1921, the first child born to Victor Walton and Lovina Ann Hodgson Lawrence. Robert spent his early life in Grantsville and graduated from Grantsville High School where he participated in athletics. He was a member of the (All Church) championship basketball team.
He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served a mission in the Western States. He continued a life-time of service including serving as bishop, high counselor, faithful home teacher, a long-time financial clerk and various other callings. He had a love and served faithfully in the cub-scouting and scouting programs.
Robert married the love of his life, Della Williams, May 14, 1943 in the Salt Lake Temple.
Shortly after his marriage he served proudly in the United States Army and received decorations that included the Bronze Star and Combat Infantry badge for his service in World War II in the Pacific campaign.
Robert loved Grantsville High School athletics where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
He drove the Athletic team bus for over 20 years and was a strong supporter of all the athletic programs. In March of this year, he established an endowment to fund the (Cowboy Bob) athletic scholarship.
He was employed at Tooele Army Depot as a fireman, he enjoyed being a fence contractor, a bus driver, heavy equipment operator, a rancher — and above all — a cowboy.
His willingness to serve and his love for children and community caused him to serve as a city councilman and on the Tooele County School Board.
He enjoyed entertaining children and performed at schools throughout the Western United States as (Cowboy Bob). His happiest times were performing his rope tricks for family, friends and children of all ages.
He is well-known for carrying the flag at the beginning of the Fourth of July Parade and at the Homecoming Parade and delivering the game ball. He annually participated in the Pony Express commemoration and he enjoyed being honored as the oldest living rider.
Robert will be greatly missed and is survived by his wife of 62 years, his children, Kathleen (Jim) Craynor, Ogden; Rebecca Kimber, Grantsville; Roberta (Ken) Bell, Farmington; Ramona (Dave) Hansen, Houston, Texas; Larry (Laura) Lawrence, Orem; Sherry (Gary) Johnson, Overton, Nev.; Don Lee Johnson, Oakland, Calif.; 35 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; sister, Myrtle, (Albert) Barrus; brothers, Clifford, (Norma) Lawrence; J. R. (Norma) Lawrence; Utah, (Leila) Lawrence; Chester, (Lynne) Lawrence; Gary, (Glenna) Lawrence. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ruth and brother-inlaw Dean Bevan; sister-in-law, Joyce Lawrence; and foster daughter, Beverly Perkins.
He leaves behind a legacy of selfless service, hard work, a sense of humor, a love for people, a love for cowboys, a love for family and a love for the gospel. He had a talent for storytelling and enjoyed telling stories to anyone and all.
A viewing will be held at the Tate Mortuary in Tooele, Utah on Friday, April 29, 2005 from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 30, 2005 at 1 p.m. at the Grantsville 2nd Ward Chapel at the corner of Clark and Church Street. Prior to the funeral, there will be a viewing held at the church from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Interment will be at the Grantsville City Cemetery.
Old Cowboys never die they just ride off into the sunset