Robert K. Estes


The Washington Post Sunday - - OBITUARIES - — Lau­ren Wise­man

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.

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