Alexander Montgomery Muckle

April 3rd, 1934January 11th, 2023

Alexander Montgomery “Bob” Muckle 3 April 1934 - 11 January 2023 Alexander Montgomery “Bob” Muckle was born on April 3rd, 1934 in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, the only child of Alexander Montgomery and Mabel Muckle.  His father was a professional hockey player on the road much of the time so Bob and his mother lived with her parents in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. He was raised in Winnipeg and attended the historic Earl Grey School. When Bob was 14 the family moved to Compton, California. He attended Compton High School and Compton Junior College. He then transferred to the University of California at Berkeley where he received a Bachelors’ Degree in Engineering and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Control Systems.  When he arrived at Cal, he boarded at the Sherman Hall Co-op where he met Patricia Sue Berge. She was a sophomore at Cal and was the work shift manager and thus his boss. He continued to visit her for the next few years and on May 23, 1959, they were married in Mill Valley California- a marriage that lasted 63 years. They moved to Seattle where Bob worked at Boeing. They returned to the Bay Area where he obtained a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University and worked for Ford Philco. The family then moved to Minneapolis where Bob worked for Honeywell for a year. He was offered a job at Ball Brother’s Aerospace in Boulder, Colorado and the family moved to Boulder where he spent the rest of his life. As an only child Bob really wanted to have his own family. He had two sons, Robert (Melanie) Muckle and Andrew (Michele) Muckle. He drove his boys to hockey games and often coached their teams. He taught them to swim, and attended their swim meets. He came to every grade school, junior high and high school choir concert or musical. He did the same for his five grandchildren - Jessie and Alexandra Muckle; Josh, Claire, and Joseph Muckle - attending dance competitions and baseball games. He loved his family. Bob worked as an aerospace engineer for his whole career. He initially worked on the Orbiting Solar Observatory satellites that Ball was building at the time. He worked on military communication satellites and many other projects. He finished his career at NOAA overseeing quality control at the contractors building weather satellites. Bob was a serious swimmer. He swam in races in the Red River of the North when growing up in Winnipeg. When he moved to California, he played on championship water polo teams. He worked for Los Angeles County as a lifeguard on Manhattan Beach (the original Baywatch). He swam in Masters swimming in Boulder for many years. Bob loved to sing. He sang in a production of “The Mikado” while at Cal. He sang in the St. Paul’s United Methodist Choir for over 50 years and in the last 25 years with his son Bob. He played a shepherd in the production of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” put on at St. Paul’s. He would lead the family in singing on the long road trips the family took every summer. He sang many songs he learned from his parents, and his sons taught them to their kids carrying on this tradition.



A service will be held Saturday January 21st, 2023, at St Paul's United Methodist Church at 11:00 am located at 4215 Grinnell Ave, Boulder, CO 80305.

Boulder, CO 80305, proceeding to Green Mountain Cemetery for 1pm located at  290 20th St, Boulder, CO 80302.


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Dear Muckle, We know there is a big hole in your hearts that can’t be filled right now. Please know that you have tons of love heading your way from Wisconsin! We wish we could be there with you, but know we are sending hugs and prayers to you now and in the hard days to come. Love Ann, Fritz and Joanna Rouse (and family)
Bob was such a sweet, gentle man. Our times together were long ago, but fondly remembered. What a fine life, and what a family life he and Pat had together. Rest in peace, Mike
Dear Patty and family, you have our sincere sympathy and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. What a tribute to Bob ( as we always called him }. We think of the times when we visited you in Boulder with our children. love looking at the photos back then. They are great memories. Take care of each other. God Bless.
Dearest Pat, we send you our deepest support and love as you put Bob to rest. He has had a wonderful life, I'm sure, with you and your sons to care for him. It can't be an easy time even as you've seen it approaching. We care for you and know how much you will miss him. Blessings, Mildred and Jocelyn
We're going to miss you Uncle Bob! My deepest condolences to Pat, Andy, Bobby, and all the kids. Love to you all, Eric Berge