Robert D. Kison (February 19, 1938 - March 30, 2023)

In loving memory of
Robert D. Kison
  • February 19, 1938
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  • March 30, 2023

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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).

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  1. Rob Bennett lit a candle:
    02 Apr 2024
    Lit since April 2, 2024 at 4:53:47 AM

  2. Nita Kison lit a candle:
    02 Feb 2024
    Lit since February 2, 2024 at 2:04:35 PM

  3. Nita lit a candle:
    11 Sep 2023
    Lit since September 11, 2023 at 9:08:21 PM

  4. Nita Kison lit a candle:
    14 Jun 2023
    Lit since June 14, 2023 at 6:03:49 PM

  5. Nita Kison lit a candle:
    14 Jun 2023
    Lit since June 14, 2023 at 6:03:01 PM

  6. Nita Kison says:
    14 Jun 2023
    We always said we were a team but it sure is hard with you there and me here. We'll bide our time and be a team again. Love nyou...

  7. Roger kison says:
    17 May 2023
    Fly clear of the granite clouds miss you Dad

  8. John Fries lit a candle:
    07 Apr 2023
    Lit since April 7, 2023 at 4:37:15 PM

  9. Jim Beam says:
    06 Apr 2023
    All of us in VA-25 will miss you, Bob. Thanks for bringing me aboard safely - you were always a terrific LSO. I wasn't too happy about a few of those non-"OK 2" comments, but just figured you mush have failed to wipe your goggles. You will be remembered and loved by many. Thanks for giving us the "Fist of the Fleet" organization. You are forgiven for leaving us and going airlines. Still, your loyalty to VA-25 all these years will be a part of all our lives. We will pray that there's a Spad in heaven for you to fly.

    Nita - thank you for sharing Bob with us all.

  10. Jerry & Marilyn Moyer lit a candle:
    05 Apr 2023
    Lit since April 5, 2023 at 4:15:01 PM

  11. Jerry & Marilyn Moyer says:
    05 Apr 2023
    RIP Bob, you’ll be greatly missed.

    Jerry and Marilyn Moyer

  12. Gerard Fritze says:
    05 Apr 2023
    Bob, my thanks and appreciations for your drive and energy to bring The fist of the fleet Association to life.

  13. Chad & Malinda lit a candle:
    04 Apr 2023
    Lit since April 4, 2023 at 4:16:20 PM

  14. Laurence O Woodbury says:
    04 Apr 2023
    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.
    Woody Woodbury

  15. sharlene larance says:
    04 Apr 2023
    I have fond memories of Bob when I came to visit you after my retirement. It was fun times.

  16. sharlene larance lit a candle:
    04 Apr 2023
    Lit since April 4, 2023 at 4:21:57 PM

  17. Jim Soggin says:
    03 Apr 2023
    Paddles---You will be missed. Thanks for all you contributed to our lives. I hope you give me a Greenie when I land up there with you.

  18. Rich Payne lit a candle:
    03 Apr 2023
    Lit since April 3, 2023 at 4:15:48 PM

  19. Jim Soggin lit a candle:
    03 Apr 2023
    Lit since April 3, 2023 at 4:07:34 PM

  20. Rob Bennett says:
    03 Apr 2023
    I met Bob at the 1998 VA-25/VFA-25 reunion in Pensacola. We worked together to bring four VFA-25 Hornets plus several current squadron aircrew to the reunion and it was a fantastic weekend. My grandfather, AMCS Cleve Evans, served alongside Bob at VA-25, and I grew up pouring over the USS Midway cruise book, dreaming of flying for the Navy. The dream came true, and one of the absolute highlights was meeting one of the pilots from that Midway cruise book, Bob Kison. Such an honor to meet him as well as all the other past members of the squadron. Trading flying stories, LSO stories, and “there I was” carrier landing stories made it clear that all generations present were cut from the same cloth. I’ll never forget our visit to the Naval Aviation museum where Bob and the others threw the ropes aside and invited us all to climb aboard the VA-25 A-1H Skyraider, totally disregarding museum rules because it was “their” airplane! RIP, Bob, and thank you for all you did for the VA-25/VFA-25 Fisty family.

  21. Rob Bennett lit a candle:
    03 Apr 2023
    Lit since April 3, 2023 at 4:04:44 PM

  22. Ron and Sally Hotchkiss says:
    03 Apr 2023
    Wonderful neighbors. Great friends even after they moved from their Idaho neighborhood. We wish the very best to Nita and family.

  23. Holt Livesay says:
    03 Apr 2023
    Thought about you when I went through Coeur d'Alene a few years ago. Thank you for getting FOFA started. Will miss you at the reunions.

  24. Lynn & Mary lit a candle:
    03 Apr 2023
    Lit since April 3, 2023 at 4:49:55 PM

  25. Lynn & Mary lit a candle:
    03 Apr 2023
    Lit since April 3, 2023 at 4:45:50 PM

  26. Timothy Conner says:
    03 Apr 2023
    I am very sorry for your loss and hope and pray this is a time of celebration of Bob Kison's life rather than death..
    Please accept my prayers for your loss and may God bless you and your family in this difficult time.

  27. Ed & Lisa says:
    03 Apr 2023
    You will be missed very much Dad! Rest peacefully and we'll keep the blue side up per Momma.

  28. Ed & Lisa lit a candle:
    03 Apr 2023
    Lit since April 3, 2023 at 4:21:31 PM

  29. Nita says:
    03 Apr 2023
    Keep the blue side up, honey.

  30. Nita lit a candle:
    03 Apr 2023
    Lit since April 3, 2023 at 4:22:16 PM

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