Robert F. Caulk

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CENTREVILLE — Robert F. Caulk passed away on Fri­day, Jan. 13, 2017, at Com­pass Re­gional Hos­pice Cen­ter. He was 86 years old.

Born on Nov. 22, 1930, in St. Michaels, Md., the son of the late James Calvin Caulk and Ida Shan­na­han Caulk, he grad­u­ated from St. Michaels High School, class of 1947, where he was a star ath­lete. Af­ter a year at the Sev­ern School, he at­tended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., where he grad­u­ated in 1952 with a BS in naval sci­ence and marine en­gi­neer­ing. Bob had a very suc­cess­ful mil­i­tary ca­reer as a naval avi­a­tor that took him all over the world. His skill as an air­craft car­rier pilot led to him be­ing se­lected as the East Coast Naval Avi­a­tor of the Year two times. He com­manded an S-2 and OV-10 squadron in San Diego; squadron mem­bers still talk about what a great leader he was and how he men­tored his peo­ple.

Bob re­tired from the Navy in June 1977 as a com­man­der with 25 years of ser­vice. Af­ter the Navy, he worked as a project man­ager for var­i­ous

U.S. Navy mis­sile pro­grams. Re­tir­ing again, Bob and Betty, his wife of 56 years, trav­eled to Florida by cruis­ing the in­ter-coastal wa­ter­ways and stayed there for 10 years. In the sum­mers, they would travel across the USA and the world, go­ing as far as Am­s­ter­dam and see­ing their fam­ily when­ever they could. Bob is best re­mem­bered by those that loved him as a hero. A great ath­lete, skill­ful hunter, ex­cep­tional avi­a­tor, good friend, de­voted hus­band and fa­ther, he lived a hero’s life.

He is sur­vived by his four chil­dren, Robert F. Caulk, II (Judy), Peter Caulk (Mar­garet), Cather­ine Kerr (John) and Kelly Caulk (Mandy); 12 grand­chil­dren, Ryan, Erin, Bob, Katie, Fletcher, Kelly, Matthew, Jef­frey, JP, David, Emma and Addy; seven great­grand­chil­dren, Liam, Leann, Luke, Nico, Noah, Sarah Jane and Finn, with one more on the way. Bob was pre­de­ceased by his wife, Betty, in 2008.

Me­mo­rial ser­vices were­held on Thurs­day, Jan. 19, at 11 a.m. at Christ Church, St. Michaels, Md. In­ter­ment was at the same lo­ca­tion.

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