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Robert Gill

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Robert "Bob" L. Gill

1923 - 2014

Robert "Bob" Ledman Gill, Captain MSC, USN (Ret), 90, passed away peacefully on January 7, 2014 at the Joyce Goldenburg Hospice Inpatient Residence in Pensacola Florida. He was born on July 17, 1923 in Washington, DC. Bob graduated from Lackey High School in Indian Head, MD in 1941. Immediately after graduation he joined the US Navy. He married Mildred Louise Michalcik on December 6, 1947 in Trenton, NJ.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Virginius and Ethel Gill; brother, Donald Gill; sister, Shirley Forster; and daughter, Karen Gill Kelsey.

Robert is survived by his wife of 66 years Mildred L. Gill of Pensacola; son Robert L. Gill, Jr. and wife Annette of Charlotte, NC; daughter Barbara Gill Brown and husband Robert of Pensacola, FL. Grandchildren: Michelle Mack Thompson and husband Kevin of Charlotte, NC; Cynthia Mack of Charlotte, NC; Joseph A. Gill of Asheville, NC; Ryan Gibson of Pensacola, FL; Great-grandchildren: Micah Mack and Stella Thompson of Charlotte, NC; Zane Gibson of Pensacola, FL. Nephew Doug Eddy and wife Barbara of California, MD; and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.

His naval career began as a corpsman, pharmacists' mate and ended when he retired as the executive officer of Naval Hospital Pensacola in 1976. In 1952 he was appointed a Mustang Ensign in the newly formed Medical Service Corp. He continued to serve in the U.S. Navy for over 35 years until his retirement in August 1976. He served on the USS Alabama, USS Fargo, USS Bennington, USS Bailey, and Landing Craft Tank 615 on D-Day making several trips to the Normandy beaches to offload men and equipment.

Stateside, his duty stations included Portsmouth, NH; Philadelphia, PA; Bethesda, MD; Washington, DC, Jacksonville, FL; and Pensacola, FL. While stationed in Washington, DC he provided medical support to the White House during the presidency of John F. Kennedy.

Following retirement, he was an active member of the Kiwanis and a volunteer in the Escambia County Immunization Coalition. He helped the Escambia County Health Department to provide shots to many children via the "Shot Mobile". For this activity, in 2003 the then Florida Governor, Jeb Bush awarded Robert the Governor's "Points of Light" award. He was very proud of this.

In October of 2008, he was honored with being selected to take an Honor Flight to see the WWII and other memorials in the nation's capital.

He was a lifetime member of The Perseverance Masonic Lodge #208 in Indian Head, MD, The Pensacola Scottish Rite and National Sojourners Five Flags Chapter #460. Also, he was a proud supporter of the National Naval Aviation Museum and plank owner of the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial.

He will be remembered as a loving husband and father. The family wishes to extend thanks to the staff that cared for him at Consulate Health Care, Sacred Heart Hospital, and Covenant Hospice.

The funeral, officiated by Chaplain Ken Griffin, will be held at Oak Lawn Funeral Home on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 1pm, with visitation one hour prior, at noon. Burial at 2pm will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Scottish Rite Foundation of Florida (operating speech & hearing clinics for children) in care of Pensacola Scottish Rite 189 West Airport Blvd. Pensacola, FL 32505 or Kiwanis International Foundation 3636 Woodview Trace Indianapolis, IN 46268. Oak Lawn Funeral Home has been entrusted with the privilege of arrangements.

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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Jan. 12, 2014
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