Bob Rawlings in The Pueblo Chieftain pressroom in 2009.

Courtesy: John Jaques/Pueblo Chieftain

Robert “Bob” Rawlings worked as a newspaperman for 70 years. More than half that time was at the helm of The Pueblo Chieftain, Colorado’s oldest operating daily newspaper. He also fought to protect southeastern Colorado’s water supply and was a force behind many community projects. Rawlings died in March this year at age 92.

“It was difficult to work for him and also rewarding," said The Chieftain's managing editor Steve Henson, who worked with Rawlings for nearly four decades.

Hear about other Coloradans who died in 2017 in this year-end series 2017 Remembrances.