Bobbie Tom Wesley (Bob or Corkey) Passed away in Las Cruces, NM, on December 27, 2020. After the news reached family and friends, written tributes poured in. “Heaven gained an ornery angel today. He was a great man: smart, witty, funny, hardworking, and he loved to talk. Rest in peace, Daddy.” “He loved and enjoyed children and animals, and they adored him.” “He was a source of joy for his family.” “I loved his stories from his youth. He had such twinkling blue eyes. He was such a kind man. My son learned so much from him.” “He was always willing to help you do a job, or do it for you. Such a kind and generous man.” “He brought a lot of love, light, and friendship into the world.” “He will be sorely missed.” “A kind,caring, and gentle man. A godly man.” “May his memory be a blessing.”
And “You’re my favorite old person,” said his granddaughter, before he got sick.
Bob was born the third child of MJ and Myrtle Wesley in Plainview, TX, on October 8, 1935, the first Caesarean birth in the Panhandle. He worked on the family farm as a child, and then attended school in Aiken and Lockney. His father then bought the Bradshaw Ranch near Peyton, CO. While working on the ranch, he graduated from Peyton High School. He joined the US Army, serving in Army Intelligence during the Korean conflict. He was also trained as a pilot. After his time in the service, he enrolled in Orange Coast College in California. Bob began working for AT&T. He moved to Colorado, first working in Colorado Springs, then moved to Alamosa, where he took care of the AT&T microwave stations in South Central Colorado, including La Veta, Wolf Creek, and Monarch Pass, among others. He went to work in a Snowcat much of the time during the winter. After retirement, he and his friend
Richard Ewing wired the historic courthouses in Colorado for Internet, carefully maintaining the buildings’ beautiful construction while bringing them into the modern era. He married the love of his life, Lois Crowder Wesley, on September 27, 1986. They moved from Alamosa to Las Cruces, to escape the cold winters.
He is survived by his loving wife; his sons, Greg (Glenda) Wesley, Roger Wesley, and Mike Kmetz (Elizabeth Stone); his daughters Tonya Ringle (Terry) and Wendy Elston; his grandchildren Kenny Wesley, Cynthia Garris, Katie Garris, Claire Ringle, Amanda Kmetz, and Mikayla Kmetz; his great-grandchildren Niah, Lane, and Kyle; his brother-in-law Allen Bottorff; his stepdaughters Tami Hocker and Laurel Cooper; his many friends; and his beloved pets Tyger and Lilly.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather Charles Phelps; his sisters Dorothy Wesley and Vernita Bottorff; his brother Bill Wesley; his parents-in-law Howard and Olivia Crowder; his partner in crime
Uncle Rex Rogers; and numerous canine companions, among them Big Boy, Poppy, Trouble, Maki, and Missy.
Memorial services will be scheduled after the pandemic ends. If you wish, you may donate in Bob’s name to your local humane animal shelter.