More detail on this person: Robert C. Dopher Jr. . - Robert C. Dopher Jr., of Satellite Beach, Fla., and formerly of Rolla, Mo., passed away on Aug. 30, 2010, at the age of 68 from pulmonary fibrosis. Bob was born in Terre Haute, Ind., and graduated from Otter Creek High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. During his career, he was sent to Stanford University through Operation Bootstrap, officer candidate school, helicopter pilot training and missile design and technology school. As an OV 10, Huey and Cobra pilot, he saw action around the world. He was involved in the evacuation of Vietnam as the last pilot of a Cobra helicopter out of the country. Over the course of his career, Bob earned Air Medal Strike/Flight Award (with numeral 7), Vietnamese Service Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Air Medal Bronze with V, Navy Unit Commendation, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal 3rd Award, and the Good Conduct Medal 3rd Award. After service to his country, he went on to earn his master's degree in computer science at the University of Missouri, in Rolla, and then went onto to retire from the electrical engineering department. Before being diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, one of his greatest joys was traveling the country in his motor home to see the wonderful sites our country has to offer. Bob is survived by his wife of 39 years, Karen, of Satellite Beach; Cristopher of Brooklyn, N.Y., Rachel Walker of St. Louis, and twins, Becca and Marc of Greenville, S.C. He also is survived by two grandchildren, Aidan and Walker, both of St. Louis. A private memorial service will be held in Terre Haute. In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in Chicago, Ill.
Burial information: Highland Lawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, IN
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