ROBERT JOHN FATE Age 94 years, passed away in Albuquerque, New Mexico on 26 April, 2013. Bob was born in Weiser, Idaho and grew up in Nebraska. He received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, and graduated in 1940. He soon went to Europe to serve in World War II in the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment. Following the war, he went on to complete a 21 year career in the Army, retiring as a Colonel. After his military retirement, he moved to his second career at General Dynamics, managing the RATSCAT Project at the White Sands Missile Range, then the Peace Owl Project for the Iranian Air Force in Tehran, Iran. Dad was an avid tennis player and fly fisherman. But more importantly, he was known by his friends and employees as a respected leader and caring human being. He always thought of himself as "just a soldier", and was guided by the principles of integrity that were instilled in him at West Point. Bob was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Jane and his wife of 65 years, Jane. He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Reddish and his two sons Richard and Robert Jr. He also has six grandchildren and three great granddaughters. We will all miss him. He will be buried with full military honors at the Santa Fe National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be sent to the Wounded Warriors Project. Please visit our online guest book for Bob at www.FrenchFunerals.com. FRENCH - Lomas 10500 Lomas Blvd NE 505-275-3500
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican on Jan. 1, 1900