Robert Lyle McHugh died Feb. 19, 2016. He was 78.
He was born in Grand Junction Jan. 13, 1938, to Lyle and Miriam McHugh. He lived in Nevada and Paonia. He graduated from Paonia High School in 1957.
He joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the United States and overseas. He was discharged in 1961.
Mr. McHugh attended college in Glenwood Springs for a short time. He worked as a journeyman lineman for 40-plus years, traveling the United States building electric towers and lines and working storm breaks.
He married his wife, Wilma, in Wendover, Nev. They moved to Akron in 2001 to be closer to their daughter and her family.
He enjoyed western movies, reading, history, hunting, fishing, guns, spending time in the Rockies, sharing life stories with friends and family, watching his grandchildren grow up and attending their activities.
Mr. McHugh is survived by his wife, Wilma; his daughter, Bobbi (Brian) Christensen of Akron; his stepson, Jason Grosser of Springhill, Fla.; his grandchildren, Jon, Frank (Kayla), Jace, Reed, Chris, Karli, Lindsey and Gracie; his brothers, Bryce (Patty) Barry of Bend, Ore., Jack (Cathy) McHugh of Las Vegas, Nev., and Tom (Mary) McHugh of Reno, Nev.; his sisters, Carroll (John) Brittian of West Covina, Calif., and Collen (Robert) Lark of Carlin, Nev.; sisters-in-law, Cheryle (Warren) Severin of Fort Collins and Janet of Unionville, Mo.; five great-grandchildren; and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lyle McHugh; his mother, Miriam McHugh Barry; his stepfather, Arlie Barry; his father-in-law, Harold Frink Sr.; and a brother-in-law, Harold Frink Jr.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Foursquare Church of Akron. Interment will follow at Akron Cemetery.
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.