Robert F. Caulk
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.
Online condolences may be made at www.fhnfuneralhome.com.