Obituary: Robert John Veltkamp, Sr. - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

Obituary: Robert John Veltkamp, Sr.

Posted: Dec 20, 2017 2:09 PM Updated:

“I have fought the good fight I have finished the race, I have kept the faith (2 Tim. 4:7).”

Robert John Veltkamp, Sr. exemplified hard work, determination and grit. When it came to his family, he was both the protector and provider.

“Bob” joined his beloved Charlene in heaven on December 12, 2017 surrounded by his daughters.

Visitation will be Wednesday, December 20, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Rose Room Chapel at Croxford Funeral Home.

A combined funeral service will be held on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the Rose Room Chapel at Croxford Funeral Home with military honors and burial to follow at Highland Cemetery.

Bob was born on February 10, 1935 at the home of Jennie and Wieber Veltkamp in the Dutch settlement of Churchill, MT.

He gave up his schooling after the eighth grade to focus on working the family’s southwest Montana farm.

After coming of age, Bob left the family farm and enlisted in the U.S. Army. Following basic training in Georgia, he was called to serve at Fort Sam Houston where he received his GED and was a member of the Military Police (MP) Force. 

While on guard duty, a young Private named Charlene Elizabeth Smith would come to his post and plant kisses on his cheek.

And thus, a 60-year relationship ensued. On March 7, 1958, the two were wed at Liscum Road Chapel in San Antonio, TX in front of a few family and friends.

During their first year of marriage, Bob and Charlene relocated to the Gallatin Valley in Montana.

They raised three daughters and two sons while residing in Belgrade (24 years) and Great Falls (34 years).

To read the complete obituary and share condolences, visit the Croxford Funeral Home website.

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