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Robert A. Clore

Robert A. Clore Robert (Bob) A. Clore passed away on November 7, 2017. He is dearly missed by his loving family – his wife of 31 years Dale Ann (nee Weary), his children Terri Lilek (Ron) and Wendy Clore (from his first marriage to Janice Smith), Jennifer Perry (David), Jonathan Cooke (Theresa) and his grandchildren Jaxon (5) and Theodore (4). He is also missed by his siblings Bill Clore (Linda), Pete Clore (Doe), Della Villano (Mick), Donna Monzingo (Bob) and Sandy Douglas (Jim), many nieces, nephews, cousins, and grand-nieces and nephews.

Bob was born February 21, 1942 to William and Miriam Clore in Washington, D.C. His family moved to Denver, Colorado when Bob was 12 years old and it was there that he became involved with horses and the sport of rodeo (much to his parents’ dismay). Rodeo became a huge part of Bob’s life both personally and professionally. He rode broncs and bulls professionally for 20 years, mostly in Colorado and Kansas. Between events, Bob began taking and selling action photographs of the other cowboys and his photos were featured in many rodeo publications.

He was awarded a college scholarship because of his success in rodeo. He first obtained an A.A. from Casper College in Wyoming. While there, he took an art class to fulfill a humanities requirement, which led to a new career direction. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts in sculpture and painting from the University of Northern Colorado, and Master of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas. Bob had many stories of teachers in his life who helped foster his love of art, culture and education. These experiences motivated him to pursue a career in education. Having summers off to travel with the rodeo didn’t hurt, either.

Bob passed along his legacy of being mentored by becoming a caring and supportive teacher and coach. In 1970, Bob came to Kansas State University to teach art and design in the Art Department and remained a member of the faculty for 32 years. As a professional artist, Bob specialized in sculpture and mixed materials and entered his work in many exhibits. In addition to the art department, he was the coach for the K-State rodeo team from 1971-1979. Bob continued to be involved in rodeo by serving as the National Faculty President of the NIRA, as well as being a member of the National High School Rodeo Association, Historical Rodeo Society, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and other rodeo associations.

Bob founded BCR Awards in his basement in Wamego and grew it to be a highly-successful award business. He designed and manufactured plaques and trophies for rodeo events, as well as many other sports and professional organizations. This was an ideal mixture of his interests in art and rodeo, and he ran this business for 30 years.

Bob and Dale Ann were married June 14, 1986 and celebrated their 30th anniversary in Maui in 2016. They both enjoyed philanthropy, art and travel. His current four-legged constant companions, Lexi and Tucker, brought him a lot of joy. He also had three pampered cats, Maddie, Koko and Bailey. Bob lived a full and exciting life and he was one of the warmest and most-welcoming people that you could meet. He had a great sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. Anyone who was lucky enough to know him knows that the world has lost a very special person.

There is a celebration of life at the Manhattan Country Club on Saturday, November 18 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., anyone who wishes to join us in sharing memories and stories is welcome to attend.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice, the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, or the KSU Weary Art Scholarship in honor of Bob Clore (Q33879). Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com

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