CEO STEEDMAN HINCKLEY
My father, Bob Love passed away last Friday June 12th
at the age of 89.
Captain Robert H. Love
(Lt Col First US Army Air Corps, USAF,
Captain CATC, Chief Pilot, Overseas National Airways)
passed away June 12th, 2009 in Santa Rosa, California.
Born in Barboursville, West Virginia, September 6, 1919,
second son of Alfred Love and Nona Alderman Love, he
is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 31 years,
Elsa Magana Love; children, Robert W., David (Patricia);
Stephen (Pam); and Jeffrey (Kevin Lane); grandchildren
Andrea, Eli and Eva. He is preceded in death by his
first wife Winifred (Winnie) Hong Love, brother William,
sisters Sarah and Janet.
Bob grew up on a small family farm in West Virginia,
attended Brandon High School in Tampa, FL and the
University of Florida. In 1940, Bob joined the Army
Air Corps and graduated from pilot school in the first
class after Pearl Harbor. He became a flight instructor
at Randolph Field, Texas. Trained in a variety of
aircraft from P-38s to C-54s, he also tested the first
jet fighter, the P-80 Shooting Star. After the war,
he transferred to Kiangwan AAB in Shanghai China and
discharged as Major in the US Army Air Corps in 1946.
Bob worked for Central Air Transport Corporation
(CATC) out of Shanghai with Moon Chin, the pilot who
flew Jimmy Doolittle out of China after the secret
raid on Japan in 1942. He met his first wife, Winnie,
who worked for General Chenault, then at Kangwan AAB
working for Bob's commanding officer. They married in
Shanghai in September, 1947, and lived there until
1949 before returning to the States. After attending
Stanford University, Bob raised his family in the bay
area. With Overseas National Airways 1951-1976, he
retired as a DC-10 Captain after logging nearly 25,000
hours in the air. Bob and Elsa were married in 1977 and
have lived in Santa Rosa for the past 22 years. He was
a devoted and loving husband, great friend, proud father
and grandfather, avid golfer and unpredictable bridge
player. To the end he lived life to the fullest taking
on new challenges with boundless energy and enthusiasm.
With clear skies and a strong tail wind, Bob took his
last flight at 1 pm, June 12, 2009 surrounded by Elsa
and his sons. His drive, resiliency and humor will be
missed by all who knew him.
A memorial to celebrate his life is planned for Sunday,
June 28th at 3:00 PM at the Central "Berger" Facility,
6633 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409.
BOB was the ONA crew Elvis, we looked up to him.
We love you Bob and all the
best to Elsa & the family
Homage to Bob Love
Elvis - Follow that dream
ONA CREW HOMAGE TO THE # 1 CREW