Major Robert (Bob) G. Refior, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away June 27, 2019, at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
He was born in North Platte on Sept. 14, 1934, to the late John H. and Olive B. Refior. He graduated from North Platte High School in 1951.
He married his lifelong love, JoEllen M. Layton, on Nov. 8, 1952. He also enlisted in the Army in 1952.
He served one tour in Korea as an enlisted soldier, and two tours in Vietnam as a commissioned officer.
During his military career, he received numerous awards, medals and commendations including the Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross and two Purple Hearts.
He retired after 24 years of service in 1976.
After retiring, he had several jobs before going back to school and earning a total of five degrees. He spent several years teaching electrical engineering at Colorado Tech. From there, he moved on to being a travel agent, which enabled him to achieve his heart’s desire of traveling the world.
He is preceded in death by his parents John H. and Olive B. Refior; two sons, Douglas E. and Richard L. Refior; and youngest sister, Joan Jon.
He is survived by his wife, JoEllen, of 66 years; his three surviving children, Shirley Anderton, Thomas (Janis) Refior and Lori (Brian) Losee, and daughter-in-law, Janet Refior, all of Colorado Springs; oldest sister, Dona Herndon of North Platte; his seven grandchildren, Eric Refior and Duane Refior, both of Colorado Springs, Dr. Christopher (Chris) Anderton of Richland, Washington, Tanya Losee, Evan (Sarah) Losee, Rachael (Chris) Lively, all of Colorado Springs, and Sara Anderton, of Denton, Texas; eight great-grandchildren, Clover, Sage, Paige, Tristyn, Draeven, Eryn, Abigail and Elora.
Memorial service will be at Mountain View Mortuary, 2350 Montebello Square Drive, Colorado Springs. Visitation will be from 2-5 p.m., with military honors at 4 p.m., Friday, July 5.