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Robert Lee ANDERSON

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ANDERSON, Robert Lee was born in 1932 to Gladys (née Lothian) and Robert Lee Anderson II in Sewickley, PA. He met his first love Ethel Marie (Eppy) Molish in 8th grade typing class, publicized his devotion to her in song dedications as a D.J. at the local radio, and never let her go. They were married October 24, 1953 in a small but special affair and set off on the adventure of their lives with the U.S. Air Force. As a pilot, Bob served in Vietnam and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star. He logged over 6,000 hours of flight time in a multitude of aircraft, trained new pilots as a flight instructor, and retired from the USAF as a Lieutenant Colonel. He had by then earned Master's degrees in Aerospace Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and in Business from Central Michigan University. Bob and Eppy settled in Dayton, Ohio for a civilian engineering career at Wright Patterson Air Force Base and made many lifelong friends, especially the Stachowskis who were like second family. Bob tinkered with MG Midgets, model airplanes, and computers, and spent many happy hours perfecting his "practice nap." After retirement Bob explored the Ohio skies in his own Cessna 150, often with canine co-pilot Chips. After relocating to Phoenix, he loved to fly his beloved navigator/wife on glamorous breakfast excursions about Arizona. They enjoyed years of leisure and family fun in the pool "on Golden Pond" at their desert home. Though accomplished, Bob was a humble man who reserved pride to bestow on his daughters and grandchildren. His greatest sources of joy were his family and his faith in the Lord. Immediate survivors are his dear wife Eppy, daughters Cynthia, Sherri (Judson), Barbara, Lisa (Frank), grandchildren Anna, Abbey, Ellen, Judson, Owen, and Rivers, great-granddaughters Isabella and Maya, brothers David, William, and Robert. He leaves also many nieces, nephews, extended family, and close friends to whom he would send his thanks, love, and prayers of comfort as well. Family plans to arrange a memorial at a later date.

Published in Dayton Daily News on Mar. 24, 2013
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