Robert Franklin Hume, 84, colonel (retired), U.S. Army, of Aurora, Colo., passed away peacefully on Dec. 27, 2013.
Robert - or "Bob," as his friends and family know him - was born in Enid, Okla., on Jan. 19, 1929, to David Shelton Hume and Fletta Irene (Colson) Hume. He was a loving husband of 51 years to Noma Lou (Butler) Hume, father of four sons, and "Grandpa" of 12 grandchildren.
The Hume family previously lived in Enid, various military posts in the United States during Bob's military career, and finally in Aurora, where they moved upon his retirement from the military in 1981. Bob was proud of his "Okie" roots but grew to love his home in Colorado.
Bob was a professional soldier, gentleman farmer, avid gardener, mechanic and "jack of all trades." He graduated from Oklahoma A&M (now Oklahoma State) in 1951 with a bachelor's degree in animal husbandry and agriculture. Bob joined the Oklahoma National Guard at 17 and served as a sergeant in the Headquarters Battery, 189th Field Artillery Battalion. He was commissioned a lieutenant of field artillery in the regular Army through the Oklahoma A&M Reserve Officer Training Corps program upon his graduation in 1951. Bob served his initial tour on active duty with the 45th and 7th Infantry Divisions, completing a combat tour in Korea during the Korean War. Upon his return to the States, Bob served as a field artillery battery commander at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, before resigning his regular Army commission to go back to Enid to support the Hume Motor Company and help his dad work the family farms. He retained his commission in the Oklahoma National Guard until he went back on active duty in 1966 - serving first as professor of military science at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., and then in the Department of the Army Headquarters in the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Other military tours included service in the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Readiness Region VIII Senior National Guard adviser in Aurora. Bob's last active-duty posting was at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. There he served as the senior National Guard adviser, Headquarters, 5th U.S. Army. His remarkable career included completing the U.S. Army Field Artillery Basic and Advanced courses, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College. Bob was a 35-year U.S. Army veteran, climbing to the rank of colonel - a remarkable man who lived a remarkable life.
Bob is survived by his wife Noma Lou, brother David Ellsworth Hume, sister Marlene Hume Stewart, and four sons: Robert S. Hume, Richard A. Hume, Ryan C. Hume and John D. Hume. Bob's immediate family was with him when he passed.
A funeral service for Bob was held on Jan. 2 at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel in Centennial, with burial at at Fort Logan National Cemetery, Area C, Denver.
Memorial donations in Bob's honor are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
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