Robert L. (Bob) Tillery passed away on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at his home with his family by his side.
Bob was born April 25, 1927 in Sioux City, Iowa to Asa and Hazel (Liston) Tillery. He started working at an early age delivering messages for the postal telegraph. He rode his bike the 7 miles to work, delivered telegraphs all day and then rode back home. When Bob turned 17 he was determined to join the Navy but had to get his parents’ permission. He returned to Iowa (he was working in Hawaii). He was sent to the Great Lakes U.S. Navy Training Center and was assigned to the USS Richard B Anderson (which was then under construction and he is a plank holder). He spent the rest of his service time assigned to that ship traveling to China, the Philippine, and South America. While in South America, Bob was assigned to the ship firing the first airborne rocket under the guidance of Warner Von Brown. Bob reenlisted for another tour. While on leave he married Beverly Ernst. They spent the next two years in Bremerton, Washington and in San Diego. After his discharge Bob worked on the family farm. He worked for a while for the railroad and then back to the farm at Albert City, Iowa. He applied to the FAA, was hired as an air traffic controller. As an air traffic controller he worked in Indianapolis, Indiana, Huron, South Dakota, and he was made chief of the flight station in Eagle, Colorado and Miles City, Montana. He retired from the FAA in Miles City. After his retirement, he worked various places in order to keep busy.
Bob is survived by his wife Beverly, his daughters; Luanne Waldow (Allen), Vicky Hamm (Ralph), and his son Randy. He also leaves behind four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Robert Lewis Tillery, Junior (Bobby Lou), his parents, his brother, Al and sister, Vonnie.
Robert went on the honor flight in 2013. He was very proud to have served his country and has always said it was the biggest thrill of his life.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Miles City. Interment will follow in the Eastern Montana State Veteran’s Cemetery with full military honors. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Miles City is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting: www.stevensonandsons.com.