81, of Kapaa, Kauai, died peacefully early Thursday morning, September 23, 2010, at Wilcox Memorial Hospital.
He was born September 9, 1929. He joined the U.S. Navy at age 17 and attained the rank of Lieutenant JG. He was a pilot and flew PBY Catalina flying boats. While stationed in Manila in 1950, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for individual heroism. He attended Dickenson College, and is a graduate of the University of Hawaii where he earned a degree in business and accounting. After graduating in 1957, he worked for Honolulu Iron Works.
In 1961 Robert was hired as Assistant Office Manager for Lihue Plantation. He retired from the plantation in 1986 as Comptroller. He then started his own accounting firm in Kapaa which he ran until he retired.
Robert served on a number of boards and volunteered his time in many other ways during his lifetime. He was especially fond of the scouting program. He was an Eagle Scout and served as a volunteer scoutmaster for many years on Oahu. He was very active with his sons in the local agricultural 4-H program, raising cattle and other animals for home and market. He was also a member of All Saints Church in Kapaa.
He met his wife Mary Day in 1951, and they were married for 58 years. He is survived my his wife Mary; son and daughter-in-law Colin and Nancy Wilson; son and daughter-in-law Steven and Katrina Wilson; son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Susan Wilson; seven grandchildren, Christen, Cassie, Jessica, Alana, Sean, Luke and Chloe; sister Nancy Sobel; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, October 2, 2010 at All Saints Church in Kapaa. Burial will be held at Nuuanu Cemetery on Oahu at a later date.