Robert “Bob” Dean White, 85, passed away on March 28, 2019. He was born in Kansas City, Missouri on August 22, 1933, to Eugene White and Helen (McKinzie) White. On December 22, 1954, he married the love of his life, Barbara Jean (Sipes), and they were fortunate to spend 64 years together.
Bob graduated from Northeast High School in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1951. He attended Junior College before entering the Air Force Aviation Cadet Program. He graduated in March 1955, Class 55K. Upon graduating and receiving his wings, he was commissioned into the United States Air Force as a 2nd Lieutenant and began his pilot career for the next 20 years. Upon retirement from his last assignment in Colorado Springs, he and Barbara chose to continue living in Colorado Springs. He began his second career, flying commercially for Aspen Airways/Air Wisconsin in 1978. He flew 15 years until mandatory retirement at age 60.
Bob received the Superior Airmanship Award from ALPA for successfully preventing a fatal accident while flying between Denver and Durango, safely landing in Buena Vista after losing both engines on January 20, 1989.
Bob also received the Wright Brothers “Master Pilot” Award on July 9, 2015, for his dedicated service, technical expertise, professionalism, and many outstanding contributions to further the cause of aviation safety.
When not flying commercially, Bob enjoyed flying his own plane and working at his hangar at Meadowlake Airport. He enjoyed hunting, skeet shooting, and collecting guns. Bob was an avid Kansas City Royals and Chiefs fan.
He was also a proud member of various organizations, including the Quiet Birdmen COS Hangar, BPOE Elks, the Confederate Air Force, and the Daedalians.
One of his proudest moments was when he was honored to be a member of Honor Flight of Southern Colorado on Flight 11 to Washington DC in April 2018.
He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Barbara; his daughter, Lisa Carroll (Darryl); son, Jeff White (Mary Ann); and 4 grandchildren: Ryan Carroll, Robert White, Anna White, and Kaylee Schwieterman (Scot). He was preceded in death by his father, mother, sister, Jean Alexander; and his son, Doug White.
Visitation will be held at 9:00 a.m. with service to follow at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 4, 2019, at Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel, 1730 East Fountain Boulevard, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80910.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org.
Bob will be sorely missed by his family and friends, but he will always be remembered for his stories, his quick wit and sense of humor, and his ready smile. Bob loved God, his family, his country, and a good joke.