Robert L. “Bob” Jeffryes, 84, died Saturday, March 3, 2012, at the Veterans Nursing Home in Walsenburg.

Bob was born March 1, 1928, in Trinidad to Llewelyn and Susie. Bob married Ardell Jan. 6, 1951, and they had three children, Beverly, Randy and Janice.

Bob graduated from Primero High School in 1946 and finished his schooling at TSJC. Bob was in athletics throughout school and was well known for his athletic ability. In 1946, Bob joined the Army Medics and was stationed in Korea; he was discharged in 1948.

After Bob married Ardell, he worked 20 years for Red Ball. Then they purchased a jewelry store and named it Ardell’s. They operated Ardell’s for 20 years before deciding to retire.

Bob’s first love was his family but his second love was music. Bob started a band back in the 1960s and called it the Night Riders. For more than 35 years, they entertained people from all over and played in many venues within 150 miles of Raton. He would look forward to every weekend and truly enjoyed every minute of it as did the dancers.

In his day, Bob loved hunting and the outdoors. We could go on and on about Bob as a friend, husband and father but what we cherish now are memories.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ed and J. Jeffryes; and one sister Blanche Snyder.

Bob is survived by one sister, Sue Roe and husband Mike of Mammoth Springs, Ark.; his wife of 61 years, Ardell; daughters Beverly and Janice; son Randy; two grandchildren, Kari Schenk and Josh Schenk and Josh’s wife Sheena; three great grandchildren, Tiana, little Josh and Avril; along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Cremation has taken place and the family will have a memorial service celebrating Bob’s life at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 10, at St. Patrick-St. Joseph’s Parish Hall of Raton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Veteran’s Nursing Home toward their Alzheimer’s program (Spanish Peaks Regional Health Center 23500 U.S. Highway 160, Walsenburg, CO 81089).

Funeral arrangements for Robert L. Jeffryes are under the direction of the Alderette-Pomeroy Funeral Home of Raton.