Bob died on January 23, 2016. He grew up in Kalamazoo and at K majored in economics and business. After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, served for 23 years, and retired as a Captain in 1978. He piloted land- and carrier-based anti-submarine aircraft in the Pacific and North Atlantic for 10 years. He was an instructor in warfare tactics at the Naval Academy (Annapolis, Md.) and the Naval War College (Newport, R.I.). Bob was Communications Commander in the Pacific Command during the Vietnam War era. He served as the Air Operations Officer on the USS Hornet for the Apollo 12 recovery mission in the South Pacific. He concluded his Naval career as Commanding Officer of a tactical air control group based in Norfolk, Va.,supporting NATO in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean. He was married to Ellen Jane Brooks for more than 50 years, until her death in 2006. They had two children. Bob married Bonny Turner, who survives, in 2013.