COL. ROBERT BOBBETT SR. U.S. Air Force
, Retired Col. Robert L. Bobbett, 90, of Las Vegas, passed away Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014. He was born July 28, 1923, in Denison, Texas, and resided in Las Vegas since his retirement from the U.S. Air Force in May 1978. His wife, of 60 years, Mary C. (nee Katie) Bobbett preceded him in death Dec. 4, 2005. Col. Bobbett was the son of the late Luther and Adelaide Bobbett of St. Louis. He graduated from Christian Brothers College High School in Clayton, Mo. as a JROTC Cadet Colonel in the class of 1941. He then attended the University of Notre Dame
until enlisting December 1942 for World War II
Air Corps pilot training. After the war, Bob gradudated from the University of Maryland. In 1963, he received a master of business administration degree (MBA) from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Col. Bobbett was inducted into his CBD High School Alumni "Hall of Fame in November 1996." He was commissioned as a second lieutenant and rated as a military pilot Feb. 8, 1944. During his 31 years of active military service, plus four years as a unit commander in the Missouri Air National Guard, he served aerial combat tours in Burma, China, Korea, and Vietnam. During 1954, he was an F-86H fighter squadron commander. Later, he directed B-47 bomber and F-111 fighter combat training programs. He served tours at Air Force headquarters in the Pentagon as chief of the Pilot Training Branch and of the Personnel Legislative Branch. These included appearances as the Air Force representative before legislative committees in both houses of the U.S. Congress. In 1964, Bob earned the rating of Air Force parachutist from the 8th Infantry Division in Germany. He was a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces Security Management Program. In Vietnam, he served as deputy base commander of Cam Ranh Bay, where he also flew F-4 aircraft close support air-to-ground missions each week. Later, he served as deputy chief of staff of the Sixth Allied Tactical Air Force Headquarters (NATO) at Izmir, Turkey, and as inspector general for the Air Logistics Center at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. Col. Bobbett is survived by his three sons and four daughters, Robert, Thomas, Gregory, Mary, Teresa, Caroline and Suzanne; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services were previously held. Burial was at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.