98, of Seminole, Florida passed away on March 31, 2018.
Capt. Bob flew his last mission on March 31, 2018. He joined the Army Air Corp. and flew 50 missions in fighter planes with his "Checkertail Clan" buddies in Africa and Italy during WW II.
Bob returned to Peoria, IL. In 1945 to complete his degree at Bradley University where he met Marion Gutos. After he graduated in 1946 they were married. Besides his wife of 71 years, Marion, Bob is survived by daughter, Tina and sons, Randy & Brian (Jayne); granddaughter, Nicole; grandsons, Staff Sergeant USAF Stephen (Lia) & Richard Rock; Great-granddaughter, Yanna Rose Rock and nieces & nephews.
He retired from Caterpillar, Inc. in Peoria and moved to Florida where he enjoyed tennis, biking, and the Gulf beaches. He will be missed by his loving family, friends and neighbors. Our thanks go to the Bill Young Bay Pines VA Hospital and VA Hospice Care Unit for their good care.
A family gathering was held.