TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. - Robert H. Maltby, 90, died Aug. 17, 2013, in Meadow Brook Medical Care Facility in Bellaire, Mich.
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Bob was born Dec. 5, 1922 in Bellaire, the son of Harold and Doris (Bedell) Maltby.
Bob was a graduate of Bellaire High School, then went on to attend Michigan State University. The hallmark of his life was service to others.
Bob served during World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a flight instructor. He also piloted the B-17 and B-29 bombers, then went on to retire as a major, from the U.S. Air Force Reserves after 20 years of service. He was liaison officer several years for the U.S. Air Force Academy.
He was a district executive for the Boy Scouts of America in Illinois and Michigan. During this time, he served as director of the district camps.
Bob also was a business owner in Pinckneyville. He enjoyed many outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, canoeing and camping. While camping, he was active with Airstream International Club.
On March 13, 1944, in Marianna, Fla., he married Kleo M. Sleder, who survives.
Survivors include six children, Hon. Richard Terry (Nancy) Maltby of Marlette, Mich. and Branson, Mo., Suzanne Ring of Rock Island, James (Paula) Maltby of Bellaire, Mich., Rebecca (Terry) Patton of O'Fallon, Mark Maltby of San Diego and Gary (Lori) Maltby of Rochester; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Grube of Bellaire, Mich.; a sister Sandra Barger, of Richland, Wash.; 19 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Maltby II; two brothers, Gerald and Scott Maltby; and his parents.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug, 21 in Bellaire Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes, with Pastor Peggy Boltz officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to
Published in The Southern Illinoisan on Aug. 19, 2013