Robert S. Wham

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            Robert Shanklin Wham, beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, was born January 18, 1926 in Centralia, Illinois, the son of Nina and Judge Fred L. Wham. On January 26, 1947 he married his high school sweetheart, Dorothy Stonecipher. After he graduated from the University of Illinois law school, Bob and Dottie moved to Colorado, the state he had fallen in love with as a boy on family vacations.  There, on the western slope, he joined a law firm in Montrose, Colorado.  Bob moved to Denver in 1953, when he joined the Attorney General’s staff.  He served as Assistant U.S. District Attorney 1955-1960, as Deputy City Attorney in Denver 1960-61, and he became City Attorney under Mayor Batterton in 1962-63. He left the City Attorney’s office to go into private practice with Joe Shoemaker in 1964.  He was elected to the Colorado State Senate in 1976 and served one term. He continued to practice law until 2009.

            Bob loved the mountains.  He enjoyed skiing, sailing, hiking, driving and spending time with his family at his second home, in Summit County.

            He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dottie, by daughter Nancy Mitchell of Franktown and husband Rohn, daughter Jeanne Ryan of Austin, Texas and husband Brent, son Robert S. Wham II, of Bothell, Washington and wife Jamie Shaffer, granddaughter Meridith Hatterman and husband Jim, grandchildren Lauren, Ben, Dustin, Jesse, and many nephews, nieces and friends.  Also by grand nephew Chris Wham, who, with Heather Curtis, provided immeasurable help and support during his final months.  Thanks to our many friends and family for their support.  A special thanks to Kent Village, Porter Hospice, and the Johnson Center.


Memorial services will be held at the Mayflower Congregational Church, UCC (3001 S. Acoma Street, Englewood, Colorado 80113) on January 16, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

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  1. I know this is very late, but after just having lost my mom, I am looking more into the family tree. I never knew Robert, but I offer my sympathy, these many years later. I am Robin Wham, the daughter of Jean and Paul James Wham Jr., in California. My dad, who died in 2003, was born in 1930, so Robert's generation. I welcome any contact from the Wham family, and hope they accept my late condolences. Sincerely, Robin Wham

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