Bobby Gene ‘Bob’ Likes

Memorial services for Bobby Gene “Bob” Likes will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 4 at the First United Methodist Church with Reverend Tom Towns and Chaplain Marvin Graves officiating.

Bobby “Bob” Gene Likes (75) went to his heavenly father on May 31, 2014.

He was born on Jan. 31, 1939, in Cortez, Colo., to the late Dale and Edith Likes. He spent his early years in the Lewis/Arriola area before returning to Cortez. On Aug. 12, 1961, he married the late Fay Conrad, with whom he had three children – Lana Waters (David), son Les Likes (Susan), and son Brett Likes.

On Feb. 1, 1986, he married Terri Fuhrman, who brought three children to the family, who Bob embraced as his own; son Troy Fuhrman (Joanna), son Delvin Fuhrman (Rosie), and daughter Kim Rule (Keith).

Bob was an avid baseball fan, spent many years coaching teams in the Cortez area and enjoyed watching his sons and grandsons play. He also loved spending time with friends and family hunting, camping, fishing or rock hunting.

Bob worked many jobs, but his longest employment was for Southwest Beverage in Durango, which lasted about 30 years. Afterward, he semiretired, maintaining rental properties.

Bob is survived by wife Terri; his children; brothers Larry Likes (Kay) and Duane Likes (Barbara); sister Beverly Papoff (Rick); uncle Charles Newby whom he loved as a brother (Carol); and many cousins, nieces, nephews and close extended family members.

Bob also leaves behind his loving grandchildren whom he adored: Tiffani and Ryan Waters, Jessie, Cody, Lizabeth and Bobby Likes, Korie Likes, Michael Necaise, Kyler and Braden Faulk, Randia and Chase Rule, Elizabeth Kellison and one great-grandchild.

In lieu of flowers, please consider placing a donation in Bob Likes’ name at the Community Banks of Colorado, 1438 East Main Street, Cortez, Colo. 81321, 970-564-0200. Funds will go to the Mercy Health Foundation Cancer Center and Little League Baseball of Cortez.

Services are under the direction of Ertel Funeral Home. For information, click on the obituary section at