Robert Sterling Merritt

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Robert Sterling Merritt Obituary

Bob graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1955 and served his country as a Navy pilot for 24 years. He flew off the USS Enterprise during the Vietnam war. He survived two emergency landings with one during flight training in Pensacola, FL where his entire squadron of six planes ran out of gas and crash landed into a farmers corn field. The other was in Naples, Italy when one of his engines caught on fire. Bob was a true adventuress and ran with the bulls twice in Pamplona, Spain.

Bob was a strong conservative who loved his country, family and friends. He received his Masters in Education from Boston University and became a high school math teacher for 14 years. He then became the Director of the Contractors State Licensing School for 17 years, where he really enjoyed helping adults further their careers. He loved skiing, golfing, playing bridge, watching football and routing for the Dodgers.

He was an officer, a gentlemen, a father and a friend to all.

He is survived by his wife, Pat, his three children Rob, Connie and Joe , his son-in-law Brad Dinsmore, his daughter-in-law Katherine Merritt and seven grandchildren.

A Memorial Service and Celebration of his Life will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at I:00 p.m. at Rio Bravo Country Club, 15200 Casa Club Drive. His ashes will be colonized at the U.S. Naval Academy at a later date.

Published in Bakersfield Californian from Mar. 10 to Mar. 11, 2016
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