PARADISE PLAZA: Des Moines Physician Honored

Dr. Bob Breedlove was one of the founders of Des Moines Orthopedic Surgeons.

His work as a physician helped save thousands of lives, but in 2005, he lost his own while biking across the country.

Now his legacy will not only live on through his patients, but through the bike trail where he taught his own kids how to ride.

The weather Sunday morning was a little chilly, but to Dr. Bob Breedlove, it would have been just another day in paradise.

It was his famous saying, known by friends, family members, and patients.

Now those words are inked to Dr. Bob’s Paradise Plaza which was dedicated to the passionate cyclist and Des Moines physician.

“He did set a path for all of us to follow, a healthy life style not only for himself but also his family and what a great model for the rest of our city,” said Des Moines Mayor, Frank Cownie.

The plaza sits at the opening of the Bill Riley Bike Trail in Ashworth Park.

It includes maps to hundreds of miles of bike trails throughout the metro and tells the story of Dr. Bob from his contributions in the medical field, to the day he died in 2005.

He was biking as he did each and every day.

“She came up to me and she said, I just wanted to introduce myself. Your husband saved my life,” said Gretchen Breedlove, the widow of Dr. Bob.

“He was a big inspiration to me. He was a very big inspiration,” said Bill Throckmorton, the organizer of the memorial bike ride.

To his wife, the plaza and memorial bike ride that followed are the perfect tribute to her husband.

The trail is just yards from the home her children grew up in and has special meaning to this Des Moines family.

“Mainly he’d come down here every Sunday with the kids. We’d all come down.”

From now on, the trail will have special meaning to the cycling community who will be reminded that each day on the bike trail, is just another day in paradise.



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