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Robert "Bob" Alfred Horstman

September 6, 1923 — September 3, 2023

Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Robert "Bob" Horstman, 99, went to his Father 3 days before his 100th birthday, at his home in Pagosa Springs. Bob and his wife of 52 years, Rosemary, fell in love with Pagosa and moved here in 1997. He married Rosemary Welsh in 1951.

His passions in life were for photography, music, and cutting horses.

Robert was born on September 6th, 1923 in Casper, Wyoming. He had 2 sisters, Marjorie (Clements) and Mary (Maxon).

After attending the University of Wyoming for 3 years, Bob enlisted in the Enlisted Reserve Corps on June 9, 1942 and active duty with the U.S. Army on July 12, 1943. He was assigned as a combat medic to the 273rd Infantry Regiment, 69th Infantry Division. Bob crossed the English Channel in a winter storm with the 273rd Medical Detachment in an LST (Landing Ship Tank) disembarking in the harbor of Le Havre, France on the night of January 23, 1945. He was engaged in 89 days of combat during the Rhineland and Central Europe Campaigns.

After the war, Bob earned his medical degree at Temple University, becoming an orthopedic surgeon. He was a professor at the USC Medical Department for 1 year. In 1962, he served as the team doctor for the Los Angeles Lakers. He practiced medicine for 37 years.

Bob always had a deep, quiet love for God and his country.

Bob is survived his son, Russ; 4 grandchildren, Ashley (Thayer), Colin, Erica (Zagorski), Jeremy; and 3 great grandchildren.

Services for Bob will be Saturday, September 16th, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at Hilltop Cemetery in Pagosa.

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Saturday, September 16, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Mountain time)

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