Robert D Gobble
July 23, 1937 – May 28, 2021
Robert (Bob) Gobble, 83, died May 28, 2021 with his family by his side in Dayton, Ohio.
Bob was born on July 23, 1937 in Salisbury, NC, to Clifton and Mildred Gobble. Bob spent his youth growing up in Spartanburg, SC where he had a paper route all throughout high school where he also worked as a lifeguard during the summer months. He graduated from Clemson University in 1959 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. While at Clemson he played football for the Clemson Tigers from 1955 – 1959 and played on the Clemson Orange and Sugar Bowl teams. In 1979 he earned his MS in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. Upon graduation from Clemson, he joined the United States Air Force in 1959 becoming a fighter pilot and was stationed at multiple Air Force bases in the US and overseas (including WPAFB, Okinawa, Takhli and Korat AB) until his military retirement in 1980. He flew 129 combat missions in Vietnam flying in the F-105D and F-105G Wild Weasel earning him the Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross (1966). He worked on the F-15 fighter development program until retirement from the military in 1980 and entered the civilian work force at WPAFB working in the F-15 System Program Office.
Bob retired as the Chief of Engineering for the F-15E fighter in January 1991 completing 37 years of government service and was awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Award in 1992. Upon retirement from WPAFB, Bob worked at H & R Block in Fairborn and then became a volunteer for VITA at the Beavercreek Senior Center where he completed local resident’s tax returns for over 25 years. He was a member of Be Hope Church in Beavercreek.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Gobble of Beavercreek; his 3 daughters Cindy (Travis) Back of Troy, OH, Judy (Mark) Wilson of Lake Zurich, IL and Mickey Scherer of Columbus, OH, stepsons, Carl Potts and Casey Potts, his brother, James (Marilyn) Gobble of Greenwood, SC and his special Uncle and Aunt, Bob and Laura Gobble of Greensboro, NC. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Kristie (Shane) McKiddy, Ryan (Kristyn) Back, Matt Wilson, Rob Wilson, Carlie (Aditya) Garg, Kelly (Rob) Bohnenstiehl, Abby Scherer, Allison Potts and Natalie Potts and four great grandchildren Jack McKiddy, Aubrey McKiddy, Nova Back and Brooks Bohnenstiehl.
He is preceded in death by his first wife Janet VanPatton Gobble.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 12 from 11:00am to noon followed by a memorial service at Tobias Funeral Home in Beavercreek. Graveside service will be held on July 24 at Greenlawn Cemetery, Spartanburg, SC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton (324 Wilmington Ave, Dayton, OH 45420).
- Hospice of Dayton
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Saturday, June 12, 2021
Robert D Gobble
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June 12, 2021
I have fond memories of working with Bob when we were both ASD/EN engineers at Wright-Patt. I did not know of all his accomplishments, but I am not surprised there were so many – in addition to being a true patriot, a talented engineer, an outstanding leader, and a good friend, he was humble -- letting his accomplishments speak for themselves. He was such a kind man. I am a better person for having known him. He will be sorely missed.
June 11, 2021
I worked for Bob as a young engineer in the F-15 Program Office in the late 80’s thru early 90’s. He was a great leader and expertly navigated our technical team through the exciting birthing of the F-15E and its initial production phase. I distinctly recall nervously walking with him to brief the ASC leadership on a major technical issue and how he “lowered the temperature” and showed steady confidence in me. He was a big personality. I and my F15 engineer colleagues from those days still like to reminisce about the intensity and relevance we felt with him as our leader. He valued us and made sure we knew that our contributions really mattered! May God Bless Bob and all his family.
June 6, 2021
Bobby was the best friend anyone could ever have! When I was shot down in North Vietnam he protected me so long that he might have had to bailout had the refueling tanker not come to HIS rescue. He was willing to sacrifice his own safety to ensure mine! Bobby was willing to "Lay Down His Life For A Friend!" REST IN PEACE, MY DEAR FRIEND!
June 3, 2021
Judy, I am so sorry to hear about Bob. I worked with him for several years and he was a nice man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.
May 30, 2021
Bob was such a pleasure to be around. Always had a smile on his face and a contagious laugh! He had a heart for the Lord and it spread to everyone around him. I will always remember him showing me and my husband his model cars he made. He will be dearly missed! Prayers and love to the family! 🙏
May 29, 2021
Bob was a speaker at the Traveling Wall in Chillicothe Ohio at the VA, I was totally impressed with his speech he gave, I could tell he loved his fellow service men and women and his country! Thoughts and prayers to my dear cousin and family!