Robert O. Empkey

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Born in Vetal, South Dakota on November 25, 1947

Departed on June 9, 2019 and resided in Broomfield, CO

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Robert Oscar Empkey “Bob” passed away in his sleep on June 9, 2019, at the age of 71.  Although he had been battling chronic health issues for years, they were stabilized so his death was totally unexpected.   Bob is survived by his loving wife, Cyndee; daughters, Tammy Clark (Chris), Heather Empkey (Matt Thorp) and Holly Empkey (Rhiannon Davis); brothers, Marvin “Pete” (Carolyn) Douthit and Kerwin “PeeWee” (Sereta) Douthit; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his father, Charles; mother, Bernadine; brother, Jerry Douthit; sisters, Katherine Barnes and Meldine Miller and grandson, Ramzey Thorp.

Bob was born at home in Vetal, SD on November 25, 1947.  He was raised on a cattle ranch there but attended school in Cody, NE graduating in 1966 with letters in band, football, basketball, track and field.  He also received an alternate appointment to the Air Force Academy.  Bob briefly attended South Dakota MIT until he entered the Air Force. He was honorably discharged as a Sgt. after serving for almost four years. Bob then moved to Denver, CO where he remained for the rest of this life.   He married Cyndee on June 19, 1976, they missed 43 years by 10 days.  Bob worked as a manager in retail sales and for equipment companies until his retirement at age 59.

Bob was an avid outdoorsman his whole life.  He was a Life Member of the NRA.  He lived for the fall hunting season and only gave it up a few years ago.  If Bpb wasn’t hunting, he was watching sportsmen shows and reading every hunting magazine/book he could get his hands on.  Fishing, camping and four-wheeling were also high on his list of things to do.  Bob also lived for football season so he could cheer on his beloved “Huskers”.  He will be missed by his family, friends and hunting buddies.

In lieu of flowers, Bob’s daughters, Heather and Holly, have set up a memorial fund.  The link is

Please share your memories of Bob and condolences with his family by signing the Guest Book below.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Latina Cares June 13, 2019 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    Cyndee our condolences are with you and your family.
    From the Latina staff

  2. Ron and Sue Mumm June 21, 2019 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Cyndee and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you

  3. Patty Weaver June 22, 2019 at 7:14 am - Reply

    My prayers are with you and your family. May you all find comfort when you need it knowing he loved you. I am so sorry I will not be able to attend as we will be in Albuquerque.

  4. Karen Johnson June 23, 2019 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    Cyndee and family, We are so sorry for your loss, and feeling bad that we can’t make it to the service. I was always Bob’s “little cousin” that he liked to tease and make laugh. I have lots of memories of our family growing up close by to his family. He had a very kind and caring heart, and I know his death will leave a huge void for all of you. God bless.

  5. Norma L Gertson June 26, 2019 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    I fondly remember our times together, Cyndee. My best wishes to all of you on his passing. Yellow Rock!!!

  6. Becky D (North Dakota) June 27, 2019 at 10:25 am - Reply

    Tammy very sorry for your loss.

  7. Anne & Jerry DeGraff June 27, 2019 at 1:04 pm - Reply

    Dearest Cyndee and Family, our deepest sympathy for your loss! What wonderful, fun times we had together! Bob will definitely be missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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