PRIVATE PILOT and SKYDIVER
Bobby was fascinated by flying at a young age and as a young man acquired his private pilot’s license. Barbara would tell us later that up in the air was the only place she could forget everything and truly feel comfortable with herself.
Bobby also had skydiving experience. He took lessons at Snohomish Airport, and would later tell the doctors that he quit because it was boring.
Bobby had a dream. He wanted to become a commercial airline pilot and thought the army would be the best place to get the necessary training. But after he enlisted at the age of 20, his hopes were quickly dashed. His physical showed a problem with his eyes that kept him from passing the stringent requirements to become a pilot. After that, Bobby hated every moment of his enlistment. He had trouble taking orders and spent much of his time in the stockade.
While home on leave some of Bobby’s friends set him up on a blind date. The girl, Dixie, was 15 at the time and Bobby was 22. When Dixie’s parents heard about the age difference they began insisting that Bobby do the honorable thing and marry her. Even though the couple both insisted that their relationship was totally plutonic, they agreed to be married. The couple had two children, Dennis and Rena. Ultimately the marriage ended in divorce
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