Robert Gene Culver

December 24th, 1926April 10th, 2017

Bob Culver was born on December 24, 1926 in Liberal, Kansas. He was the only child of James “Otis” Culver and Hazel “Lucille” Hanner.

Bob was a member of the 1943 Boulder High School State Championship football team. After graduating from BHS in 1944, he enlisted in the Navy where his adventures took him to the Philippines, Hawaii, Hong Kong, San Francisco and Bremerton, Washington aboard the repair ship “Prometheus.”

Bob married his cheerleader high school sweetheart, Frances I. Kinney on September 1, 1946, one week after his naval discharge.

Bob then began a 41 year career with Public Service Co. of Colorado at the Valmont Power Station in Boulder. He retired in 1987.

Bob and Frances had 4 children: Robert Michael “Mike”, Douglas Dane, Terri Dianne, and Curtis Lee. Terri died in an automobile incident when she was just a year old.

Bob was a longtime baseball manager for the North Boulder Little League program in the 1960’s. One of his teams came within 2 games of reaching the Little League World Series.

Bob was also a competitive softball pitcher and pitched for many different teams in Boulder over the years and was a member of the 1951 Boulder Elks State Championship team. But it was his coaching days that gave him a lifetime of stories to tell. He loved it when his players reintroduced themselves to him years later. He remembered them all, including most of their parents.

After his retirement Bob and Fran enjoyed travel trailoring, tennis, biking, hiking, square dancing with the “Columbiners” and following son Curt’s softball tournaments.

Bob and Fran were members of the First Presbyterian Church where Bob was on the work crew and Fran in the sewing circle.

Bob and Fran also enjoyed sharing their 70th wedding anniversary together on Sept. 1, 2016 with their family. Fran now resides at Sunrise in Westminster.

Bob passed away in his sleep on April 10, 2017 with his wife by his side.

Bob is survived by his wife Frances, his three sons: Mike, Doug, Curt, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He is buried at Mountain View Memorial Park in Boulder next to his parents and daughter. He was 90 years young.


A Memorial Service will be held on April 27, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Boulder.








Curt & Culver Family, The highlight of my youth was the four years I spent in North Boulder Little League playing for Bob Culver. To this day I remember vividly being a part of the Culver legacy.....Russ Lyons Chevrolet and the NB Larks. Bob made the sport competitive and ALWAYS fun. We had unparalleled success on the field and such a wonderful family atmosphere off the field. My dear departed father always said we were the luckiest family in town, because we had Bob Culver in our corner. In this day of specialization and overbearing parents, Bob and his family provided the antithesis for the kids of the 60s. Team and neighborhood were more important than anything else. We represented north Boulder and the schools in the area. We were three time City Champs during my years and that was as important as anything else that followed. Fran, Mike, Doug and Curt, my sincere condolences for your loss. Having lost both my parents I understand some of what you are experiencing. I hope I can speak not only for myself, but for the entire Russ Lyons family of the early 60s, when I say Mr. Culver, RIP. You will NEVER be forgotten!
I couldn't agree more with the previous, well written condolence. I too played on a Russ Lyons team and never forgot the wonderful man at the helm, guiding us along as coach. He tried his best to teach me how to hit a curve ball but alas, to no avail. My condolences to Curt and family.
My wife (Betty) and I were neighbors of Bob and Fran for over 40 years. In our early 70s, we bought a travel trailer for the first time. Knowing that we probably needed a bit of guidance, Bob and Fran accompanied us to a trailer park in Loveland - helped us park and hookup. They then returned to Boulder. Betty and I spent the might in the trailer. The next day the Culvers came back to Loveland and helped us unhook and get the trailer back to Boulder. What a great couple and wonderful neighbors!!