Dec. 20, 1922 — June 27, 2013
John Robert Hartley, Lt. Colonel, USAF retired. Bob was born in Walla Walla, on Dec. 20, 1922, to Jean Ethel Hartley (Jamieson) and Clifford Warren Hartley, and died in Anacortes, Wash., on June 27, 2013.
He was predeceased by wives, Enita G. Hartley (McMillan) and Barbara Franklin Hartley; and by brother Warren Jamieson (Jamie) Hartley. Bob is survived by his wife, Jacqueline (Jackie) A. Hartley; brother David Bruce Hartley; daughter Enita Terrie Park; sons James R. (Jamie) Hartley and Mark C. Hartley; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Like many of his generation, Bob was called to duty in WWII. He met his first wife in Seattle at B-17 mechanic’s school. In short order, Bob enlisted in the Army Air Corps, went to flight school, and after being kept on as a flight instructor, eventually found himself in the Pacific Theater where he flew C-47s into and out of many places from Australia to Japan. After WWII, Bob returned to college, graduating from Oregon State University. Upon completing post-graduate training in meteorology at the University of Washington, he returned to active duty in the Air Force, flying T-33s, RB-66s and T-39s along the way. Bob’s career and travels took him to six of the seven continents before he retired to north Whidbey Island in 1970. In 2002 he moved a few miles to a lovely spot on Fidalgo Island, just north of Deception Pass State Park.
Bob was smart, thoughtful, tolerant, generous and caring. He was loved and admired by many, and though he seldom spoke of love, those who were loved by this wonderful man had no doubt of it.