On July 25, at his home in Fort Collins, Colorado, Robert “Bobby” Stanko was freed of ALS forever. His spirit passed on to become one with the great outdoors, world, friends and family that he loved so dearly. Diagnosed with ALS in August of 2010, Bobby approached the disease the same way he approached everything and everyone—with a smile on his face and open arms. If a person had asked Bobby if he truly was the coolest, nicest guy in the whole wide world, he would have smiled shyly, said no, bought them a beer, and asked them how they were doing…just like the coolest, nicest guy in the whole wide world would do. His parents were pretty amazing too; Rudy and Elizabeth Stanko, who brought Bobby into the world on November 15, 1952 in Sheridan, Wyoming, and taught him how to polka and be kind to everyone. In his lifetime, he was a champion collegiate wrestler, avid fisherman, expert hunter, cattle buyer, youth minister, teacher, farmer…heck Bobby even owned a Arby’s, where he dressed up as a cowboy and handed out free high-fives and candy to customers when they walked in the door. Seriously, he was awesome. And as if all that awesomely awesome awesomeness wasn’t awesome enough, the thing Bobby was most awesome at was being a really awesome husband to Deb, his wife, and a really awesome father to Paul, his son. They survive him, along with his mother Elizabeth Stanko, and his brother, Butch Stanko. Bobby will be dearly missed, but now you can see him, every morning, in the sunrise. Oh yes, he’s out there somewhere, and chances are, he’s already caught his limit. [A rosary and memory sharing service will be held at the Allnutt Funeral Home Chapel (650 W Drake Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80526) on Wed. July 30th 2014, from 6:30-8:30pm. The funeral service will be held at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church (101 N. Howes St, Fort Collins, CO 80521) on Thurs. July 31st 2014, at 9:30am. The burial service will take place at the Gordon Cemetery in Gordon, NE on Fri. August 1st 2014, at 1:00pm. All are welcome to attend.]
David Gardner Monday, 01 September 2014 10:57 Comment Link
I worked with Bobby in the early days when his father, Rudy, ran Nebraska Beef Packers. I went skiing often with him and his brother Bobby and was very close with his Uncle Eddy, or as he always introduced himself...
Edward Joseph, Fredrical, Arthur, Junior, Raymond, Stanko.
May God BLESS all the Stankos.
Best... Dave Gardner