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Robert Charles Truax (1936 - 2013)

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Robert Charles Truax, Commander, Ret., USN, was born Thursday, Oct. 15, 1936, to Clair and Muriel (Whitcomb) Truax in Rochester, Minn., and died peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, in Homosassa Springs, Fla.
"Bob" has been an inspiration to his family and friends during his life and was proud of his many military and civic accomplishments. He attended Rochester High School and then enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard in 1953, attaining the rank of sergeant. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1959, was later commissioned as an officer and completed training as a naval aviator, receiving his wings in Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1959.
Bob married Patricia Clark in 1960 in Jacksonville, Fla., and embarked on his career as a naval aviator in Pensacola, Fla. He was later stationed at the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Arlington, Va., and later in Long Beach, Calif. He completed missions between 1966 and 1968 in the South China Sea, aboard the carrier USS Kearsarge, air-traffic control officer. He flew P-2V5-F's and P-3 Orions for VP-16, VP-11. After his service during the Vietnam War, Bob served at various naval stations including Brunswick, Newport and Keflavik, Iceland, and final duty station in Washington, D.C. He was honorably discharged in 1979. Subsequent to his naval service, Bob held civilian positions with Information Spectrum Inc. in the D.C. area before retiring and moving to Inverness, Fla., in 1996. During his military career, Bob received a bachelor's degree from the University of R.I. and a master's degree from Providence College in Rhode Island.
In retirement, Bob was an active community leader: past president POA for Greenbrier II, 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus, substitute teacher for Citrus County and past president MOAA, an active member of the American Legion and the Naval Aviator's
Association.
Bob and Patricia enjoyed a full life, raising two children while serving and traveling with the U.S. Navy. Heidi (Truax) Radam, born in Jacksonville, Fla., in 1962 and Alan Scott Truax born in Orlando, Fla., in 1963. Heidi and Bob Radam reside in Virginia Beach, Va., Scott and Kathy Truax reside in Manassas, Va. Additionally, Bob is survived by grandchildren Robert "Happ" Radam, Walter Radam, Katie Anna Radam, Hanna Claire Truax and Holden Gower Truax; brothers David and Joseph (Minneapolis); sisters Evie (Michael) Showalter of Shawnee, Kan., and Mary (David) Michenfelder of St. Charles, Minn.; and dear friend Jan Torppa, Hernando, Fla.
Words will scarcely describe the impact Bob has had on the lives of his family, friends and associates. He was universally known for his compassion and willingness to help in difficult circumstances. He had an ability to get involved, solve problems in a diplomatic way and volunteer his time whenever he could. He was devoted to his family and never missed an opportunity to unite with his immediate and extended relatives, and also his past squadron members. He will be missed.
There will be a Memorial Service of Remembrance with military honors honoring Bob's life at Fero Funeral Home, 5955 N. Lecanto Highway, Beverly Hills, FL 34465 at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. Bob will later be inurned at Arlington National Cemetery on a date to be announced.
Memorial contributions may be made to the , 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fero Funeral Home, http://www.ferofuneralhome.com/
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Sept. 3, 2013
Robert C. Truax
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