On September 11, 2017, Robert lost his brave battle with cancer. He was born October 22, 1954, in Wichita, Kan., the first son of Robert "Bob" Esterline and Kathleen Moser Esterline.
His beloved son, Jesse, after serving in the U.S. Army, is now a firefighter in El Paso, Texas, and his wife, Vanessa, gave Robert four beautiful grandchildren, Ava Esterline, Sky hisa, Rain hisa, and Juan hisa.
Robert grew up with five siblings, Phyllis Horine (Neosho), Carolyn Alter (deceased) Janifer Hays (Seattle, Wash.), Ronald Esterline (Nesoho) and Randal Esterline (Carthage). Because of his special way with children, he was the "favorite Uncle" to his 13 nieces and nephews and 17 great-nieces and nephews.
In 1963, Robert moved with his family to Neosho, Mo. He enjoyed a Mayberry-style childhood; swimming at Crowder pool, playing guitar with friends, working on cars at his dad's Boulevard Garage, experimenting with his chemistry set and always being a bookworm. "The Three Musketeers" being his favorite novel, though he really preferred non-fiction. Robert spent his high school summers working at Grand Lake, Okla., and staying at the family cabin. He fondly remembered those summers as some of his happiest days.
Following graduation from Neosho High School, in 1972, Robert was a short time in the Air Force Guards before relocating to Tucson, Ariz. to attend the University of Arizona. Following his graduation from the University of Arizona, he began his career working for the University. He spent some time studying earthquakes and eventually worked at the Stewart Observatory studying the stars and heavens.
After his retirement, Robert returned to his hometown of Neosho. He became a serious St. Louis Cardinals fan, but waited every year for the Final Four. He continued his avid reading. His intelligence, quick wit and dry humor kept others always on their toes. It gave him great pleasure to recount the adventures of his youth that oftentimes included his brothers. He also took much pride in sharing the experience of raising Jesse into the fine man he has become.
Above all things, Robert was a kind soul. He is no doubt still listening to John Lennon's "Imagine" where ever he may be. He will be sorefully missed by all who knew and loved him.
Published on September 26, 2017