March 29, 1927– March 6, 2022
Robert Lee Newkirk, 94, passed away peacefully into the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on March 6, 2022, at Penrose Hospital. Bob was born on March 29, 1927, in Brooklyn, New York to Jesse Franklin and Katherine Marie (Ehrmeier) Newkirk. A few minutes later he was joined by his twin sister, Rose Marie. The family later moved to Torrance, California where Bob attended school until joining the United States Navy in 1944, at the age of 17. With pride he served our country during World War II, participating in both the Battle of Okinawa and the Philippine Liberation, and was honorably discharged from the United States Navy in 1948.
Bob married Norma Biggs in 1949 and they lived in Long Beach, California where their children, Paul and Kathy were born. During that time, he was serving our Lord working for the Navigators, and in 1956 took his family to Okinawa, Japan on a four-year mission, where their third child, Marie, was born. In 1960 the family returned state-side, to Colorado Springs, Colorado where Bob continued to work for the Navigators at their Glen Eyrie headquarters. In 1965 he joined First Presbyterian Church, where he was actively involved with the Mr. and Mrs. Sunday School Class and various men’s bible studies. In 1967 he started a brand new and very successful career with the Prudential Insurance Company, retiring 30+ years later as an Agent Emeritus. Post-retirement he worked for Avis, driving brand new cars throughout the beautiful state of Colorado, and loving every minute of it.
Bob is survived by his 3 children, Paul; Kathy (Tim) Hodges; and Marie (Kevin) Moore; 4 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Norma, parents Jesse and Katherine Newkirk, and twin sister, Rose Marie Murray.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at First Presbyterian Church, 219 East Bijou Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado. Inurnment at Evergreen Cemetery will occur at a later date.
The family would like to thank all the Angels who were involved with his care at Pikes Peak Hospice (Penrose Hospital); as well as the spiritual care from First Presbyterian Church and Church on the Ranch. If you wish, memorial donations can be made to his following favorite charities/institutions: First Presbyterian Church, Grace to You, Insight for Living, Moody Church Media, Springs Rescue Mission, and Thru the Bible Radio.
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8: 38-39, KJV