Robert Glendon Love, 87 of Panama City, Florida, passed away October 09, 2017.
Bob Love was born 5 February, 1930 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas to Ethel and John David Love of Pocola, Oklahoma.
From the family farm in Pocola, he worked for a time in a cabinet shop and then joined the United States Navy serving originally in Pensacola
and later assigned as an Aircraft Avionics Machinist on the USS YORKTOWN ( CV-10 ) in the Pacific Fleet at the close of the Korean conflict.
Having toured Japan and the Orient with stops in Guam and Pearl Harbor, he returned to San Francisco for the close of his Naval service.
Returning to Oklahoma, he worked wiring houses while working through college, graduating Oklahoma A & M ( Now Oklahoma State University ) with his degree in Mechanical Design Engineering.
Bob worked for over 30 years for Halliburton out of Duncan and was chosen to recruit new talent from the nations leading Colleges of Engineering. With this effort, he developed lasting friendships with the Professors of Engineering and Design at major Colleges across the nation. Later he moved to Halliburton's facilities in Arlington Texas, where he would help co lead the team converting Halliburton's design teams to the digital age in partnership with IBM and CADAM. There he met and became life long friends with the Immelman family, Johan and June and their wonderful children Mark, Trevor and Shellie (Michelle)
Feeling dismayed that his young friend Trevor should have been awarded a trophy when he won a youth tournament, Machinist Love went to the work bench to create a Golf Champion trophy for young Trevor.
Perhaps that trophy is much smaller than one later won by Trevor at the MASTERS in Augusta but it is celebrated and remembered in the Love family as an example of the real Bob. He later retired to Panama City Florida . An inventor, Engineer, Electrician, Carpentry Master Craftsman, a sailor, a Pilot, a dreamer of dreams, he was an energetic and enthusiastic friend to all he would meet. He loved people and loved entertaining and celebrating life. Bob is survived by his lovely wife of 64 years, Shirley Hodge Love, his daughter Belinda Cosper and her husband Steven Cosper of Parker Colorado, and his son, Dr Rick Love, an Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon and his wife Candace Love of Montgomery, Alabama. Bob is also survived by two grandchildren, Kirsten Marie Love, and Robert Gannon Love. Bob was affectionately called "Uncle Bob" by close family friends who shared wonderful adventures with him including trout fishing trips with the Millers and the Livingstons, Sailing adventures in the Bahamas and the Virgin Islands, Boating and Coastal adventures with friends from many places, Bob acquired part ownership in an airplane and had Rick take flying lessons, Bob studied and became an Instrument Pilot. Shirley had a clothing store called Fashion Corner and they flew to various markets and flew to visit the grandparents in Paris and Ft Smith and the world became smaller stretching out their horizons. He and Shirley traveled extensively and developed the adventurers friendship with Jack and Maria Bradley of Duncan. Jack was a Flight Instructor and Certified Flight Mechanic and they would fly together and work together servicing their aircraft.
He loved music and theatre and enjoyed watching his grandchildren grow and share their many talents. He offered his support and hugs on all occasions.
The trio of Bob, Jim Livingston and Wayne Miller would always attend football games in Duncan and shout ATTA BOY LUTHER at the band and his son,the Drum Major. Laughter was something he shared.
Neighbors knew Bob as a great friend in Panama City. Roger and Pat Mills and Maj.General Joe and June McLernan shared many wonderful times and adventures.
A Memorial Service of Celebration of Bob's life will be held Thursday, October 12 at 2:30 pm in the Family Room in the North Hall of the St. Andrews Bay Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Jenks in Panama City Florida, the Reverend Donna Sue Waller Roberts will be officiating. Interment will be with Military Honors at the Barrancas National Cemetery at the Naval Air Station Pensacola. In lieu of flowers, the Love's are grateful for all who offer expressions of sympathy, and encourage friends to make memorial donations to the United Methodist Committee Disaster Relief Fund or to their local church or synagogue.
Published on October 13, 2017