Bob was born February 19, 1938, and passed away at home March 30, 2023. He is survived by his wife, Nita, three children and three step-children: Roger (Cathy) Kison, Mark (Angela) Kison, Amy Kison, Mark (Dawn) Bustos, Lisa (Ed) Hensley, and Chad (Malinda) Bustos, and three grandchildren: Emily, Benjamin and Lillian.
After college Bob received his Naval Aviator wings on April 26, 1961, and spent two tours in Vietnam with over 200 carrier landings. After he left the Navy in 1964, he was employed by Northwest Airlines until his medical retirement in February 1991, flying the Lockheed Electra, Boeing 727, and Boeing 747, all as Captain after initial training. His medical retirement was the result of heart problems, but ironically he passed because of pancreatic cancer.
Bob and Nita traveled in a motor coach extensively after his retirement, fell in love with the Titusville area, and bought a home at The Great Outdoors. After about 3 years there, they decided they loved the area so much that they purchased a permanent home in the area.
Bob was actively involved in the Valiant Air Command for several years. He also initiated the Fist of the Fleet Association with members from VA-25 and VFA-25. In addition he loved gardening, hydroponics, woodworking, and cooking. Bob and Nita were also active sponsors of the Titusville Playhouse.
Bob will be interred at the Cape Canaveral National Cemetery at 9:00 AM Thursday, April 13. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Francis Reflections Foundation (hospice), Fist of the Fleet Association, Valiant Air Command, or Titusville Playhouse (all of which have websites for address information).
Nita - thank you for sharing Bob with us all.
Jerry and Marilyn Moyer
You will be missed. You (and Nita) made the "Fist of the Fleet" organization. You started it and made into a roaring, great success. Joan and I will miss seeing you at Fist reunions and Tailhook reunions. RIP my friend and fellow A-1 driver.
Please accept my prayers for your loss and may God bless you and your family in this difficult time.