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Obituary for Robert "Bob" Steidl

Robert "Bob"  Steidl
Major Robert A. “Bob” Steidl-USAF-Retired, of Indialantic, Florida, passed away on Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents Steve and Helen Steidl. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years Elsa Steidl, his daughter Patti Robinson of Melbourne, Florida, his son David Steidl and wife Shannon of Roswell, Georgia, his 8 grandchildren; Brittany Robinson, Katey Steidl, Charlene Robinson, Alex Robinson, Robbie Robinson, David Steidl, Makenzie Steidl, and Shelby Steidl, and his brother Charles “Chuck” Steidl, and numerous cousins.

Major Steidl was born in Akron, Ohio on December 12, 1942 to Steve and Helen Steidl. He grew up in Akron, attending St. Mary’s High School where he was active in both basketball and baseball. He received a BA degree from The University of Akron and an MA degree from Webster College. Robert went through the ROTC program and entered pilot training in Laredo, Texas.

Robert was a veteran of the Vietnam War where he served as a fighter pilot for the United States Air Force. He served in the Air Force for 21 years before retiring in Lancaster, California. Soon after, he became a Test Director for the Northrop Grumman B-2 program in Palmdale, California.

Robert and his wife Elsa were married for 48 years. They met while Robert was in pilot training in Laredo, Texas. They were a true example of the vows all couples share when they get married. He always made sure she was happy and well taken care of, and it shows. Together they loved to travel and spend time with their grandchildren who he loved with all his heart.

Robert was a man who loved and cherished his family. In addition to being a loving husband he was also an amazing father and grandfather. While his own children were younger, he would coach his son, David’s baseball teams from Park View Little League up through Quartz Hill Pony League. He would also make sure he could make it to his daughter, Patti’s softball games. Summers were usually spent traveling whether it was a road trip around the United States by car, or a trip to see family members. During his time in the Air Force, he would take his children to his office on the flight line at Edwards AFB to watch the planes land and eventually the Space Shuttle. At Northrop he would inform them when the B-2 flights would take place so they could find the best spots to watch it fly over their heads.

Once his children grew up and had children of their own, Robert’s grandchildren became his focus. He would attend any and all sporting events, musical concerts, theater performances, religious accomplishments, and graduations possible to support them. He definitely earned and kept the title “Family Man” in all aspects possible.

Robert’s love for the Catholic Church was strong as well, attending Sundays and Holy Days. In his final moments, it is certain he was greeted at the gates of Heaven with open arms.

Robert was loved and will be missed so very much by so many people. He is smiling down upon us while he is flying high up above.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Wounded Warrior Project in Robert’s name.
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