Robert N. Penkhus, Sr.
1922 – 2016
It is with deep, and heavy sadness that we announce the passing of Robert N. Penkhus, Sr., “Bob”, beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather, who died peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, July 31st, 2016.
Bob was born in Templeton, Iowa, on January 8th, 1922. Shortly after his high school years, the young Penkhus joined and served in the USAF. He had just transitioned to his favorite airplane, the infamous P40 when the war ended, causing the end of his flying and service career in the USAF. However, his passion for flying continued throughout his life.
In 1945 he moved to, and resided in Colorado Springs where he, with his brother Jerry, invested in real estate, and owned and operated several roller skating rinks. In 1956, with a love and passion for the automotive industry, Bob opened a small Volvo car dealership on Pikes Peak Avenue, which planted the seed for a thriving family business that has blossomed and grown to 3 locations, representing Volvo, Mazda, Volkswagen and Mitsubishi.
Bob was an active and much loved member of the Colorado Springs community. In his spare time, you would either find him soaring above the clouds flying, or enjoying his favorite pastime of a round of golf.
Bob was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Marilyn, of 68 years; and brothers: Jerome Penkhus and Floyd Penkhus. He is survived by his two children: Robert A. Penkhus and daughter in-law Leslie, Kathryn Pierce and son-in-law George; and by their four grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. He was a devoted husband, father and family man, who will be sadly missed.