Robert Gene Theis of Montrose, Colo., age 59, passed away suddenly of natural causes at home.
He was born Aug. 29, 1955, to Lois Louise (Hilgert) Theis and Nicholas Martin Theis, at Porter Memorial Hospital in Denver, Colo. Known by everyone as Bob or Bondo, he attended Abraham Lincoln High School of southwest Denver. In 1973 he became a certified Automotive Body and Fender Maintenance Technician at Emily Griffith Opportunity School, Denver, Colo. He continued his knowledge and skills with ASE certifications of Automotive Service Excellence.
Bob married his grade school sweetheart, Tammy Diane Evans, in Delta, Colo., at the Delta Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, April 16, 1977. They had grown up on the same street and attended the same grammar schools and congregation in southwest Denver. They became reacquainted years later and they settled in Montrose, Colo., raising two children, Tara and Travis, and many cats and Saint Bernard dogs.
Bob had an automotive career with diverse companies that included Royce International, Montgomery Ward, The Pipe Shop, Montrose Tire, the City of Montrose and Highlander Automotive.
He enjoyed outdoor sports of snow skiing, fishing, hunting and water skiing. He had a passion for automotive and furniture restoration, as much as singing and playing guitar. For 25-plus years Bob and his family's hobbies involved the community theatre in Montrose, Colo. In 1990 Bob was the lead in "Li'l Abner." He was on stage and behind the scenes for over 200 productions including high school and special events. The theatre is driven 100 percent by volunteers. In 2007 Bob was the Chairman of the Governing Board of Directors, and was Director of the Technical and Lighting Department for more than a decade. Over the years he received numerous accolades for his thespian efforts, but his favorite was the first Ralph Farmer Lighting and Technical Excellence Award during the 47th season. Twice a year, he looked forward to working with the Montrose High School drama and choir student productions. Always teaching others about the theatre was a great pleasure. He was very proud of the many special effects, props, sound and lighting he designed, including the real car on stage for the 2001 production of "Grease." He would tell you "he repurposed junk to make contraptions." Bob traveled to several states and other theatres learning the technical systems of stage lighting to enhance the Magic Circle Theatre. Ultimately the upgrades were to automated lighting. In 2008 he worked with the regional power company, DMEA, to improve the lighting efficiencies, thereby saving energy and money throughout the theatre building.
He was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law, JoAnne Evans; and sister-in-law, Reyna Humphrey.
He is survived by partner, Tammy Diane (Evans) Theis; daughter, Tara (Travis) Thal; and son, Travis Theis, all of Denver; older brother, Mike (Deloris) Theis of Eckert, Colo.; father-in-law, Orville "Oscar" Evans of Orchard City, Colo.; brother-in-law, Randy (Pat) Evans of Bennett east of Denver; three nieces; a great-niece; and two great-nephews. Bob was really looking forward to becoming a Grandpa in November 2015!
Friends and family are welcome to a memorial Celebration of Bob's life at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, at the Magic Circle Players' Community Theatre Auditorium, 420 S. 12th Street, Montrose, Colo., followed by a reception in the lobby. Many of Bob's prop creations and favorite things will be on display during the memorial.
Arrangements are by Crippin Funeral Home and cremation has occurred.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Magic Circle Players, High School Drama Program, P.O. Box 1897, Montrose, CO 81402.