KEN & EMILY CRANDALL
TED & KRIS MORRISON
Dec 31, 1937 – Aug 18, 2018
Robert (Bobby) Charles Rohr passed away on 18 August 2018 at Florida Hospital Flagler with his beloved wife Nita by his side.
Bobby was born in Brooklyn, NY, to Anne and Charles “Rip” Rohr (Class of 1930) on December 31, 1937 in the middle of a raging snowstorm. His dad was happy that he was born in time to be a tax deduction, but he couldn’t find their car for 3 days!
Bobby loved the Naval Academy so much he did 5 years instead of 4 and graduated with the Super Class of 1960. As a Naval Aviator, his career took him from coast to coast with a 6-year layover in Hawaii split between VP squadrons and the Pacific Command 3rd Fleet. Along the way, he also earned 2 master’s degrees and began work on a Ph. D.
Retiring his wings after 5,100+ flight hours, he went on to work for beltway bandit contractors for the Department of Defense. His second love (after his wife) was shopping which turned into a rewarding Real Estate career in Palm Coast Florida. He was known as one of the hardest working realtors in the area and “honest to a fault” often putting in his own time and money to ensure fellow vets found the home of their dreams. Although in the last few years he had health issues, he was grateful for every day. When asked how he was, his reply was always “I’m vertical!”
He is survived by his loving wife, Nita; sister, Marilyn Bierylo; daughter, Corkey; grandchildren, Jennifer and Michael; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Cindy.
In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Flagler Humane Society (https://flaglerhumanesociety.org/donate/, 1 Shelter Drive, Palm Coast, FL 32137) or to the Old Goats and Kids Who Care, a group supported by Bob and his classmates which help transitioning wounded warriors and Navy SEAL families working through the CHKIV Foundation. These donations will go towards an "Old Goats and Kids Who Care Barn" on the new C4 Ranch in which Bob and other Old Goats will be remembered. To donate online go to https://c4foundation.org/ or mail to CHKIV Foundation PO BOX 181679 Coronado, California 92118. Please be sure to note "For Old Goats and Kids Who Care in memory of Bobby Rohr".
CONDOLENCE NOTE FROM MARY SIKES
Memories of Bob and Nita go all the way back to USNA days when he was a young officer at the Academy and busted Joe and me one day. Joe was throwing tickets out his window to me for a Dionne Warwick concert...Bob was an imposing figure and scared us both. No demerits, but a scolding.
A few years later we meet him again, LCDR at our 1st VP 17 party. Oh sh__ we thought. He is going to remember that day!?! Career over on day one!
He did remember, but he laughed and gave us a hug and a warm welcome. He and Nita became dear friends and mentors to both of us in those early years when we all needed that kind of support.
RIP Bob and condolences to Nita.
NOTE: CLICK THE BLUE BUTTON BELOW TO SEE THE MESSAGE WE RECEIVED FROM BOB ONLY A FEW MONTHS BEFORE HIS DEATH ON THE SUBJECT OF AGENT ORANGE AND OUR EXPOSURE TO IT IN THAILAND. HIS MESSAGE IS POSTED IN THE "HOT LINKS" SECTION OF THIS WEB SITE.
Sadly, Emily lost her long battle with cancer on May 18th, 2018.
Below are photos of Ken and Em -- one from back in the day, the other more recent -- and a great letter from Ken expressing his appreciation for all the moral support he's received from our VP-17 family.
R.I.P., sweet Emily.
To my shipmates and their spouses:
I would like to thank you all for the prayers, cards, and kind words during this difficult time. Especially, the fond memories, and stories of happier days that always brought a smile and yes, a few tears. I am slowly putting the pieces back together, but the pain still comes and goes. I just hope that I can get my act together before the reunion in September.
Special thanks to those who went above and beyond: to Bill O’Brien for his surprise visit the night before the visitation and to Robin for letting him come. He stayed with me until after funeral and acted as my “personal aide.” He was able to take my mind off things for a while and share a few laughs.
And to Billy Bob and the Skipper, who showed up in Houston, MS for Emily’s hometown service. I like to think they were there to support me, but I did mention there’d be a free lunch.
I am so fortunate to have so many loyal and supportive friends. Thanks again to all of you, and see you in September.
Ken “Crash” Crandall
April 23rd, 2018
Thanks, Ger, for keeping me in the loop, I don't deserve it. I love to see all the news of the VP family. It fills me with joy and a bit of sorrow, too.
I am so sorry that I haven't been able to join y'all at the festivities due to my ongoing work schedule (yeah, even an old lady like me must work). No, certainly not anything glamorous as many of the other "dudettes" take on. Somehow being involved in swimming up to my neck for Red Cross and schools (WSIT Red Cross), coaching and being a pool director for very large summer camp -- 1200 kids -- it seems to never end as one runs into another and one goes 12-months a year.
Still living in Miami, still have a surfboard standing at attention in family room. Only change seems to be in my height, hair color and number of weddings of grandchildren. Pretty boring stuff unless you're living it, I think, and it is a bit boring to me. Sooo, please continue to keep me updated on all the adventurous and not at all boring "stuff" the VP-ers are up to.
Ted has been hospitalized in Seattle for months fighting a pancreatic infection. The good news is that his condition is gradually improving -- improving being the operative word, while, for Ted gradually describes the frustrating pace of improvement that would test anyone's patience.
The second bit of good news is that he and Kris were married on May 5th. Congratulations, Ted and welcome aboard, Kris!
For more details, click on the TED'S PAGE button below.
Regarding the 2018 Reunion in Boise...
Hey, I ❤️ You all and so hoped to attend.
I am running as the Dem in local political election in Coronado and will be totally slammed in the campaign. Fund raising is the worst part of it all for sure.
Plz 🙏 for me! Never saw myself doing this but am called for it after winning Citizen of the Year in 2018.
Two retirements under my belt and now this😉. Military is a huge constituency of mine here due to the love of all of you.
Really hate this aspect of it, but it's a necessary part of getting there to serve. They make it hard to give of your time. If anyone wants to contribute even $25 I would be forever grateful. Max by law here is $200 and smaller is most welcome. Checks are easiest. Mail to me at 620 5th St Coronado CA 92118. Please make a check to Mary D Sikes Campaign. Please include your address and occupation (or "retired"). Or text me at 619-917-2052. Meanwhile, my Facebook page has a link for credit cards:
I am your girl👍👍👍. We are home of Navy Seals, 4 Carriers and about 5 helo squadrons ....Navy families just like us who need our support.
Always yours in love