Emerson, Robert Charles, 78, of Richmond, Vt. passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Monday, January 7, 2013. He was born on December 27, 1934 in Island Pond, Vt. to the late Charles and Bessie Emerson. Robert is survived by his wife of 55 years Carolyn (Bishop) Emerson. Robert served 24 years with the United States Air Force including service during the Korean and Vietnam war
s. Robert retired at MacDill AFB, Tampa, Fla. as a Master Sergeant and held the position of First Sergeant of his squadron. While on active duty Robert pursued a higher education and earned a Master's degree in Criminal Justice from Rollins College in May 1979. Robert's second career was with the State of Florida Probation Office. He retired after 20 years of service. In 1997 Robert and Carolyn returned to Vermont and settled in Richmond. Robert volunteered for 11 years for Meals on Wheels and was a proud member of the NRA. Robert was a loving father of his two sons, John Emerson and his wife Theresa of Richmond, Vt., James Emerson and his fiancÂ‚ Donna of Apopka, Fla.; his brother, Wayne Emerson and wife Carol; his sister, Brenda Brown and husband John; his brother, Donald Emerson and wife Paula; his sister, Barbara Mullin; and sister-in-law Karen Emerson, all of Florida. Robert was predeceased in 1957 by his brother, John Emerson. He was a beloved grandfather to four grandsons, Chris Emerson and wife Hannah, Ben Emerson, Michael Emerson and his namesake Robert Emerson. He was a great-grandfather to Annabelle and three step great-grandchildren Gracie, Lilly and Emma. He is survived by many nieces, nephews and friends including those of the 555 "Triple Nickel" Air Force Squadron. Special thanks and appreciation to the nursing staff at Fletcher Allen Health Care for the care and comfort they provided Bob and his family. The family would also like to thank Richmond Rescue and ask that memorials in Robert's name be made to Richmond Rescue, Inc. PO Box 404, Richmond, VT 05477.