Rev. Robert L. Newby
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The Rev. Robert L. Newby, age 86, went home peacefully to the Lord early in the morning of February 8, 2021, surrounded by his family in Durango, Colorado. He was born in Topeka, Kansas and was raised in Hutchinson, Kansas. He was a graduate of Sterling College and was stationed in the Army at Bisbee, Arizona. In 1962 he and his family moved to Denver, Colorado so he could attend seminary. Throughout his theological career he was ordained as a Baptist minister and an Episcopal priest and served for many years in the churches of Kansas and Colorado. After retiring in 1999, Robert continued his lifelong passion of woodworking, antique furniture refinishing and spending time with his family.

An avid bike rider, Robert rode the Iron Horse Classic many times since moving to Durango in 1984, and did his last ride in 2006 at the age of 71. He also enjoyed golf, hiking the local trails and cross-country skiing.

Robert is survived by his wife of 63 years, Shirley Newby; four children: Myra (John) Denigan; Parker Newby (Nancy Berry); Blaine Newby (Allie Molinda); Miles Newby; six grandchildren: Seth, Abbey, John, Anna, Joy and Margaux and his siblings: Richard Newby, Connie Bertrum, Don Cogzill, Larry Newby, Bruce Newby, and Shari Clark.

A funeral service is planned for Saturday, February 13, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Columba Catholic Church in Durango, Colorado. A graveside ceremony will follow at Greenmount Cemetery. The service will also be available live by searching for St Columba Catholic Church Durango on YouTube.

Flowers and cards can be sent care of Shirley Newby, 18 Folsom Place, Durango, CO 81301. Donations may also be made to Manna - The Durango Soup Kitchen.

The family sincerely wishes to thank the ICU Staff at Mercy Medical Center and Chaplain Jacob for their extraordinary care and compassion during our father's final hours.

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Published in The Durango Herald on Feb. 10, 2021.
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February 17, 2021
May God embrace you with His Compassion and Infinite Love during this time. I remember seeing Bobby when I was young when he and Richard visited our Grandma Newby in Topeka, and again when he came through later. I know he will be greatly missed.
Barbara (Sappenfield) Goodman, daughter of Genevieve Newby.
Barbara Goodman
February 15, 2021
Mr. Newby is one of my earliest memories of my childhood and I will never forget his guidance and kindness.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Peter Matt MacKelvie
February 11, 2021
May God surround you with His grace and comfort and our love. We are praying for all of you.
Larry Newby
February 11, 2021
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Shari and Warren Clark
February 10, 2021
I fondly remember Bob and Shirley while attending St. Marks Episcopal Church in the 1980's and 1990's. Although I didn't mostly attend the early service, Bob and Shirley were usually there in the Parish Hall for Coffee Hour and I got to visit with them quite often. Bob was just a super nice guy. Always was smiling and quiet, but none the less jovial at times. He sure loved Durango. I believe he could have been the foremost Spokesperson for the Durango Chamber of Commerce. He was involved in so many ministries at church it would not be far fetched to believe he was the Principal Owner and Stockholder. Thank you Bob for your service to your country and for your service to St. Marks.
Ronald hefner
February 10, 2021
Rest In Peace uncle Bob.
Chris Waltz
February 10, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
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