ForeverMissed
Bob was memorialized August 14, 2021 at the Hiwan Heritage Park in Evergreen, Colorado.

We want to thank all of those who made the journey to celebrate his life, and to those sending their well-wishes. We miss you Dad.  

In lieu of flowers or gifts we request that donations be made to the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative, a cause near and dear to dad's heart. Donations can be made online via this link: http://bit.ly/Donate_14ers. They suggest that both online donations and checks include a memo stating that the gift is "in memory of RL Wogrin."

Posted by Don Fazzan on September 28, 2022
I fear I am just seeing this after receiving an e-mail that was supposedly from Bob last week. I decided to look for him online and saw he flew into Jesus' arms last year. I am so sorry for your loss. We thought the world of him as a man and an artist. Our first contact with Bob was in 1986. He had paintings displayed at a gallery in Durango where we were living at the time. I contacted him and commissioned him to paint a mountain scene from our area for our 10th wedding anniversary. Today it is still the focal point in our living room. Then, in 2011 we approached him again to paint another mountain scene, this time as a wedding gift for our son and his bride! The wedding was in Crested Butte on the mountain where there are 360-degree views. That beautiful painting hangs in my son & daughter-in-law's living room. We will forever remember Bob for his talent, warm smile, amiable personality, and e-mailed jokes!! We were blessed to have known him. No doubt he is resting in peace! God's peace to you.
Sincerely, Connie & Don Fazzan
Posted by Nancee Meng on September 2, 2021
So many wonderful times with Bob and Irene. I’ll never forget the fun golf tournaments In their mountain home. Rip Bob
Posted by christina southwell on July 29, 2021
I must word this quite carefully so as not to cause consternation but it is a memory which to me epitomizes the man.
Attending a wedding of one of he many cousins I wore a hot pink pant suit I had made. It was silk material, open backed and sleeveless. My mother thought it too riske and I was admittedly nervous as it was daring (and dare I say braless ;)? LOL).
Uncle Bob was the first to greet me and his words, while lost the in the exactness, remain in my heart. He took my hand, buzzed my cheeks and asked who the ravishing heartbreaker in the eye catching pantsuit was. He made me feel special, and beautiful and gave me confidence. For which I have ever been grateful.
And I still have the pantsuit even though it has not fit even one leg in decades, sentiment has not let me let it go.
The world was a more beautiful place because of you Uncle.
Posted by Marian White on July 23, 2021
I was so blessed that Uncle Robert and Aunt Irene included me in their lives when I had no one else when I moved back to Colorado. Uncle Robert had a lot of sayings and I like this one on marriage. Your job is to make sure your spouse is happy and vice versa. It must have worked. They were married over 60 years.
Posted by Keith Shockley on July 22, 2021
Football, baseball, hockey, tennis, golf, hiking, skiing, sailing --only a few of Bob's many athletic interests and passions.  I owe my lifelong interest and participation in sports to him, as my father was not athletically minded. He influenced not only his children but also his children's friends! Thank you, Mr. Wogrin, for your love of sports and the effect you had in my life and now the lives of my children and grandchildren.
Posted by Charles Palmer on July 20, 2021
A dear friend loved by everyone. Bob was a great man with such great talent. Many laughs playing bridge with our group of 8 at his home in the Mountains.

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Posted by Don Fazzan on September 28, 2022
I fear I am just seeing this after receiving an e-mail that was supposedly from Bob last week. I decided to look for him online and saw he flew into Jesus' arms last year. I am so sorry for your loss. We thought the world of him as a man and an artist. Our first contact with Bob was in 1986. He had paintings displayed at a gallery in Durango where we were living at the time. I contacted him and commissioned him to paint a mountain scene from our area for our 10th wedding anniversary. Today it is still the focal point in our living room. Then, in 2011 we approached him again to paint another mountain scene, this time as a wedding gift for our son and his bride! The wedding was in Crested Butte on the mountain where there are 360-degree views. That beautiful painting hangs in my son & daughter-in-law's living room. We will forever remember Bob for his talent, warm smile, amiable personality, and e-mailed jokes!! We were blessed to have known him. No doubt he is resting in peace! God's peace to you.
Sincerely, Connie & Don Fazzan
Posted by Nancee Meng on September 2, 2021
So many wonderful times with Bob and Irene. I’ll never forget the fun golf tournaments In their mountain home. Rip Bob
Posted by christina southwell on July 29, 2021
I must word this quite carefully so as not to cause consternation but it is a memory which to me epitomizes the man.
Attending a wedding of one of he many cousins I wore a hot pink pant suit I had made. It was silk material, open backed and sleeveless. My mother thought it too riske and I was admittedly nervous as it was daring (and dare I say braless ;)? LOL).
Uncle Bob was the first to greet me and his words, while lost the in the exactness, remain in my heart. He took my hand, buzzed my cheeks and asked who the ravishing heartbreaker in the eye catching pantsuit was. He made me feel special, and beautiful and gave me confidence. For which I have ever been grateful.
And I still have the pantsuit even though it has not fit even one leg in decades, sentiment has not let me let it go.
The world was a more beautiful place because of you Uncle.
his Life

The Early Years

Bob was born in Denver, Colorado in 1926, and was the 4th child of Conrad and Rose, immigrants from Slovenia and Hungary. He lost a younger brother, Johnnie when Johnnie was 2, but for the most part had a pretty-charmed life. His father was employed throughout the depression, so they were never wanting.

While active in sports, Bob was also the valedictorian at his high school graduation. He left to join the Navy in 1944 where he served in the South Pacific on a supply ship.



Irene, the Love of His Life

He briefly attended Oregon State University while in the Navy but transferred to and graduated from Denver University (DU) with a degree in Fine Arts. It was at DU he met Irene through a fraternity brother who was dating Irene’s twin sister, Arlene.

Bob and Irene were good friends for several years before he surprised her with a marriage proposal - she surprised him by saying yes.

That started a 66-year journey of being best friends, lovers and partners, right to the end. They raised five kids with equal parts respect, discipline and fun. Their partnership through great times and rough times set an example we can all follow.

Family Life

His family was the focus for most of his adult life. Entertaining the neighborhood kids with the smoking Grandma Babushka hand-puppet, taking time off work to play basketball with us after school, and driving the entire family on one of the many road trips to California were just a small sampling of what he did to keep us all pulling in the same direction. Many nights were spent sitting around the table after dinner looking for shapes in the clouds or playing games like "I Spy" or “Yay-Boo” with the whole family.

He always made time for each of us and with every episode when our behavior was, um, less than perfect, he made it a learning opportunity. He took huge pride in all the kids and grandkids’ accomplishments and was always interested in their lives.
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Shared by Robert Wogrin on July 16, 2021
When Dad was 56, we spent a week in the Weimenuche wilderness area where we backpacked 20 miles, traversed snowfields, crossed avalanche chutes, got rained out of our tent, and probably gained and lost 3,000+ vertical feet. 
As we pulled into Durango on the train, To our right was the "55+ Center". Dad casually replied, "hold on, I think I need to stop in and play some bingo". We giggled all the way into the station.