Demaine Funeral Home

5308 Backlick Road, Springfield, VA


Robert Dean Poling

January 4, 1928September 3, 2019

Robert Dean Poling of Alexandria, VA passed away on September 3, 2019 at the age of 91. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Deretta; two sisters Nita Belle and Patty; three children Cathy, Ronald, and Robert; five grandchildren Michelle, Chelsea, Kristi, Jonathon, and Laura; and four (and a half) great-grandchildren Caden, Matteo, Courtlyn, Amina, and one on the way. Robert (known as “Bob”) was born in the small town of Bremen, Ohio to Nellie Hillyard and Homer Ellsworth Poling. One of six children (Bob being the only boy with his five sisters Margie, Jeanie, Nita Belle, Patty, and Betty), Bob knew poverty and what it was to struggle. In 1948, at the age of 20, he enlisted in the Air Force in hopes of building a better life for both himself and his future family. And, that he most certainly did. Bob later married Deretta Ann Newman from the small town of Luke, Maryland, with whom he had his three children. As he climbed the military ranks, Bob’s dedication to the service provided opportunities for him and his family to travel the world - living in France, visiting multiple countries across Europe, and building many memories that would last a lifetime. In 1968, Bob retired from the Air Force and transitioned to Civilian life, working as a store manager at Drug Fair. He eventually moved into wine sales, a job for which he had (yet again) a great passion and performed exceedingly well. He finally and fully retired in 1988, upon which he dedicated the rest of his life solely to focusing on caring for his family and helping to raise his grandson, Jonathon. Bob lived a very full, compassionate, and meaningful life, and he will be sorely and greatly missed by those both close and far. As he joins members of his family, friends, and granddaughter Shelley in Heaven, his legacy of self-sacrifice, deep compassion, and dedication to his family will carry on through many of those whom he loved and taught so much in his 91 (and a half) years on this earth.


  • Visitation Tuesday, September 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, September 11, 2019


Robert Dean Poling

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Kim Rhodes/Snider

September 5, 2019

My Unc Bobby was one of the greatest man I've had the pleasure to b in my life since I could remember! We hv always been close! He was extremely important and special to me! Anytime I spent with him was my favorite moments, that's just how he always made me feel!! I loved him as much as I loved my own Father! He will never b forgotten, my memories with him will always b in my mind and in my heart! His absence is a tremendous loss to all of us!! I love each n everyone....my deepest sympathy to all!

Aaron smith

September 5, 2019

The time when I was about 8 years old and we went to visit uncle bobby,he took me and my brothers to the bay and cut lose a paddle boat and we took it out,mom yelled at him,his response was we returned it,then he took us out in his big boat and let us drive it,also he put vodka in our slurrpys,you'll be messed,love you uncle Bobby rest in peace and fly high