Family of Indiana TV legend ‘Cowboy Bob’ invites public to attend celebration of life ceremony

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- Hoosiers wanting to celebrate the life of local television legend Bob Glaze, more commonly known as "Cowboy Bob," are invited to a gathering on October 1.

Glaze's family announced his death Saturday. He passed away Friday around noon from a possible heart attack.

From 1970 to 1989, Bob hosted the afternoon cartoon show on WTTV Channel 4. He appeared first as the host of the “Chuck Wagon Theatre” before it became known simply as “Cowboy Bob’s Corral.”

For a generation of Hoosiers, Cowboy Bob was an after-school companion who entertained with his cast of TV characters. Cowboy Bob also educated and engaged his audience subtly on issues like fire safety.

The celebration of life gathering will be from 1 - 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Singleton Community Mortuary and Memorial Center, located at 7602 Madison Ave, Indianapolis.

The family has requested memorial gifts be given to the Morgan County Humane Society (690 W Mitchell Ave, Martinsville, IN 46151;  765-349-9177), Martinsville BBJ YMCA (2039 E Morgan Street, Martinsville, IN 46151;  765-342-6688), or INDNatural Resources Foundation to support the facilities of the Ft. Harrison State Dog Park, the only off-leash state dog park in the IND State Park system (402 West Washington Street, Room W256, Indianapolis, IN 46204; 317-234-5447).

Online condolences maybe extended to the family by visiting this link.

Below is Bob Donaldson's recent interview with Cowboy Bob:

Glaze's obituary was posted on Singleton Mortuary's website:

Robert Wesley “Cowboy Bob” Glaze, 73, Morgantown passed away September 16, 2016. He was born December 1, 1942 in Pauls Valley, OK to Helen F. Herber Glaze and the late Thomas W. Glaze. Bob married Gail Butterfield on May 7, 1976.  He graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1960 and from Indiana University in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts in Radio and Television.  While earning his degree he spent a little over a year working at WBBM radio in Chicago and had the opportunity to work with musicians Harry Belafonte, Chad Mitchell Trio, Hoyt Axton, and Connie Stevens.   He was employed at WTTV-4 for 23 years. Bob was known to many as “Cowboy Bob” starring in “Chuckwagon Theater” and “Cowboy Bob’s Corral”.  However, he was also a director and producer of other viewer favorites of WTTV as well as for the DNR, with programs such as “Indiana Outdoors”.   He was inducted into the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame in 2014.  Bob was a strong supporter of animal rescue, actively promoted pet ownership education, and enjoyed his numerous public appearances.   He and his wife Gail have rescued and welcomed 19 dogs (plus cats and horses) into their home throughout their marriage.   Bob was an outdoorsman at heart – sailing, scuba diving, wind-surfing, cross-country skiing, rowing with the Culver Club of Indianapolis Rowing Team, and walking his dogs.   Bob was a long-time member of the YMCA and lived the life Cowboy Bob promoted.

Bob is survived by his wife Gail Butterfield Glaze; mother Helen F. Herber Liebengood; sister Tommye Lou (Bob) Beavers; niece Stacey (Ross) Raifsnider; Kelly Beavers (wife of deceased nephew Brad Beavers); grandniece/nephews Kayla, Jacob, Chris, and Kate;  brother-in-law Robert (Melany) Butterfield; sister-in-law Linda (Bill) Landrum; numerous nieces and nephews of the Butterfield family.  He is preceded in passing by his father.

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