Robert K. Estes
Robert K. Estes, 86, a retired Army colonel who served as a military engineer, died Dec. 11 at Inova Fairfax Hospital of sepsis. He was a Springfield resident.
Col. Estes joined theArmy during World War II and also served during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He received Bronze Star Medals for his service in World War II and the Vietnam War. His last active-duty assignment was as an engineer in what is now the Defense Logistics Agency in Alexandria. He retired in 1975.
Robert Kent Estes was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and was a 1949 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He received a master’s degree in petroleum engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1955.
His wife of 60 years, June Dickinson Estes, died in 2009.
Survivors include four sons, Mark Estes of Ormond Beach, Fla., Peter Estes of Los Angeles, Scott Estes of Essex Junction, Vt., and Chris Estes of Springfield; two brothers; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.