Robert M. Kirkham

Robert M. Kirkham of Alamosa, Colo., passed away Nov. 17, 2023, at his home following an extended illness.  Bob was born Aug. 14, 1951, in Highland, Ill., to Marshall and Blanche (Paul) Kirkham.

He is survived by his wife Lois (McMahon) Kirkham, brothers Dennis (Jo) Kirkham of Greenville, and Ed (Tana) Kirkham of Sherwood, Ore. He is also survived by nieces, Kari Kirkham of Houston, Texas, and Krista Kirkham of Bloomington, Ill., and nephew, Kristopher Kirkham of Liberty, Missouri.

Bob attended Greenville Schools, graduating from Greenville High School with the class of 1969. He attended the University of Missouri-Rolla and Western Illinois University, graduating with a degree in Geology in 1973. He obtained a master's degree from the University of Nevada-Reno in 1975, also in Geology.

He began his working career with the Colorado Geological Survey and worked with mine reclamation, earthquake hazards, geological mapping, and other areas in earth sciences.  He authored and coauthored many geological publications. After retiring, he started his own consulting firm, GeoLogical Solutions and continued working until the last few months.

Bob and Lois adventured to all continents with many unique experiences including backpacking for several months in the Himalayan Mountains, viewing mountain gorillas in the wild, and riding elephants to explore a rhino preserve.  Robert recently completed an extensive genealogical search of the Kirkham name.

Robert never knew a stranger and was always good for a long conversation. He and Lois made many friends through their travels. He loved his nieces and nephews, taking each for a week-long Colorado adventure for their 16th birthday. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and colleagues.

Cremation was chosen and a Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 3 pm at the Society Hall, 400 Ross Ave., Alamosa CO 81101.

Rogers Family Mortuary is in care of the arrangements. To leave online condolences, remarks for Bob’s family and words of comfort, please visit