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Retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Robert Leslie “Bob” Cantrell, 81, of Kempsville, died on Nov. 7, 2016.
Born in Hodgenville, Ky. to Edward Cantrell and Agnes Thompson, he is survived by his wife, Kathleen; sister, Karon Rich, and her husband, Robert, of Bowling Green, Ky.; daughter, Jennifer, and her husband, William Schulz, of Annapolis, Md.; and granddaughters, Amanda and Emily Schulz.
Bob played football at the University of Florida before joining the U.S. Marine Corps in 1955, earning Naval Aviator wings in 1957. Following duty as a carrier pilot instructor in Pensacola, Fla., he served multiple tours as a pilot in Vietnam during the war before his service as a scientific missions and logistics pilot with the Naval Support Force Antarctica. He commanded Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station, and retired as a member of the AIRLANT staff in Norfolk.
Along the way, he earned a Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from the University of Maryland and an MBA from Golden Gate University. Bob proudly held the title of Kentucky Colonel and membership in the Old Antarctic Explorers Association. Following his military retirement, he continued to serve the community in neighborhood groups and as a board member of the Virginia Open Space Advisory Committee.
The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel, 1485 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach, on Friday, Nov. 11, from 3-5 p.m. The funeral will follow at 5 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with military honors. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.