Robert Douglas Kirtley, 93, left this life on Thursday, January 21, 2021 to be with his Lord Jesus Christ, beloved wife, Ann and surrounding family. Robert was born in Huntington, WV to John William Kirtley and Fannie Barret Bridgewater. In 1945 while a freshman at the University of Richmond he joined the U.S. Army and at 18 served in Germany. He became an expert infantryman, senior paratrooper, gliderman and subsequently a helicopter pilot serving with the First Cavalry in Vietnam. After retirement from the military, he was a Civil Service instructor in helicopter maintenance at Fort Eustis, VA. He married his beloved wife, Ann Levern Wade, December 15, 1951 who preceded him in death, September 18, 2011.
He is survived by his two sons, Douglas and John; their wives, Arlene and Brigette; four grandchildren, Kyle, Brandon and his wife, Deanita,; their daughter, Gracelyn; Allison and her husband, Kyle Bourassa and youngest grandson, Ryan and his one surviving sister-in-law, Judy Wade who provided him with wonderful chocolate cakes. There is an extended family of nieces, nephews and friends. We give thanks for years of support from his beloved caregiver, Elaine and her family. We also give thanks for the support and love of caregivers, Carolyn, and Vanessa.
Services will be private. Donations may be made to The Salvation Army, The American Red Cross, or your local church. Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.
Published in Daily Press on Jan. 24, 2021.