Editors Note: Bob had a younger half brother named Fred Leonard of Marysville, Washington. Bob's biological mother was Luella Hansen Trethewey Leonard. Her 2nd husband's last name was Leonard. She previously divorced William D. Trethewey. Luella (Bertie) had 3 children with William. Here is the obituary of Robert William Trethewey (known as Bob). He was Luella (Bertie's) youngest son by her first marriage.
Loveland has lost one of its favorite characters - our friend, our doctor and our dad (in blood or kinship) has died. Robert William Trethewey passed away on June 17, 2012. Known to many of his friends, family and former patients as "Doctor Bob", he was beloved by old and young, rich and poor and a stranger to no person. Born in Manville, Wyoming on May 27, 1919 to William Trethewey, he was raised by Bill and his step-mother Iva in Douglas until he went to the University of Wyoming in 1937. Doc was instilled with a lifelong love of learning and curiosity that fueled his many passions - medicine, hobbies and people.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Margaret Trethewey "Marge", his brother Jack and his sister Beth in addition to his parents. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane Trethewey; his son Rob (Marilynn) of Fort Collins; his son Jack (Susie) of Loveland; his sister-in-law Jo Trethewey of Loveland; his stepdaughter Mardie McCreary of Loveland and Durham, North Carolina; his stepson Scott McCreary of Loveland; his stepson Bill McCreary (Mary) of Loveland; his granddaughters: Nancy Trethewey (Dave Williams) of Fort Collins; Brooke Trethewey of Loveland; Jessica Grimm (Dan) of Denver; and Shawna Trethewey of Loveland; his great grandchildren: Brynn and Tate Williams of Fort Collins; Imani McCreary of Brooklyn, New York; Liz McCreary of Loveland; Mac McCreary of Loveland; and Hilary Soderling of Fort Collins; his local nieces and nephews: Pat Farnham (Steve) of Loveland; Sally Moninger (Bill) of Loveland; and Burt Mullison (Jacci) of Loveland; as well as numerous other nephews, a niece and grand nieces and nephews who live across the country.
He became a doctor of osteopathy after studying in Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Missouri before World War II. He also learned to fly in Kirksville. He was pursuing his internship at Wilshire Hospital in Los Angeles when the "War" began and enlisted in the Army Air Corp. His skill in teaching led him to officer status as a flight instructor in Tucson, Arizona where he taught many young pilots to fly.
After the war, he settled in Northern Colorado to practice medicine, for awhile in Windsor and then for over forty years, he had an ear, eye, nose and throat practice on East Fourth Street in Loveland. Many former patients remember waiting long because of his open door policy of turning away no patient regardless of ability to pay. Whether his wife Marge, his other assistants Meryl, Nancy or Myrna, patients were always assured that Doc would get to them soon. In truth, his dedication to healing was the bedrock of Loveland's de facto free health clinic. And, of course, then, house calls were the rigor of the day and night.
Doctor Bob will be missed by all his family and friends. He was a great husband, father and friend. A celebration of his life will occur at the United Methodist Church at 6th and Grant in Loveland on Wednesday at 1:30 pm with Reverends Brian Riecke and Paul H. Holdeman officiating. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the First United Methodist Church of Loveland or the Loveland Elks Lodge 1051.
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