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Robert Matthew "Bobby" Hylton, Sr
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Birth: Feb. 7, 1920
West Burlington
Des Moines County
Iowa, USA
Death: Dec. 24, 2015
San Diego County
California, USA


Bob Hylton POWAY (California)

Bob passed away peacefully in his sleep at home early Christmas Eve morning (i.e. December 24, 2015). He was born in West Burlington, Iowa and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. After attending boot camp for the Navy in San Diego, he told his mother he wanted to retire there someday. He spent his last 40 years in Poway, and his last days admiring the orange trees outside his window.

As a boy during the Depression, Bob journeyed back and forth across the Midwest as a "news butch" aboard passenger trains selling magazines and candy to help support his family. This began his love of travel and meeting new people. In 1939, he joined the Navy to see the world. His first ship was the battleship USS Pennsylvania (BB-38), which was at Pearl Harbor at the start of World War II. Bob participated in the Normandy Invasion in 1944 at Omaha Beach aboard a firefighting and salvage vessel, and he retired as a Lieutenant in 1964 after 24 years of service. He recently wrote a detailed account of his life history, focusing on his adventures in the Navy, especially during World War ll.

After earning his B.S. in military history at the University of Maryland, Bob worked as a cartographer at the Air Force chart plant in St. Louis. He studied urban planning at Southern Illinois University and worked in the San Diego County Planning Department until he retired in 1986. He was a past commander of the American Legion, served as an officer in the VFW until shortly before his death, and was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association in Poway for over 40 years. He loved his friends at the Poway VFW and considered them family.

Bob truly loved people. He always said travelling was his favorite thing, and there seemed to be few places in the world he didn't see. However, if you asked him about the trip, he would never mention the scenery or weather but instead speak enthusiastically about the people he met. His last trip was with Honor Flight San Diego in 2012 to Washington, D.C., escorted by his son, Bob Jr.

He was a dedicated father to his children and a devoted husband to his wife Berniece, caring for her until her death in 2005. He is survived by his son Bob (Arlene), daughter Pat (Jim), grandchildren, Matt, Sarah, Seamus, and Kaitlin. Great-grandchildren include Cassidy, Cameron, Liana, Richie and Aiden. December 24, 2015

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Dec. 30, 2015
Family links: 
  Matthew Martin Hylton (1898 - 1986)
  Mary Lorraine McInerny Hylton (1898 - 1989)
  Berniece Jo McLaird Hylton (1924 - 2005)*
  Robert Matthew Hylton (1920 - 2015)
  Nancy Ann Hylton Gallagher (1934 - 1999)*
*Calculated relationship
Dearborn Memorial Park
San Diego County
California, USA
Plot: O-EAST
Maintained by: Gerald Miller
Originally Created by: Linda Claxton 💕
Record added: Oct 31, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 99936299
Robert Matthew Bobby Hylton, Sr
Added by: Gerald Miller
Robert Matthew Bobby Hylton, Sr
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 Added: Jun. 17, 2016
My other note should read: "Fair winds and following seas..." NOT "Fair winds and flowing seas..."
- Gerald Miller
 Added: Jan. 1, 2016
Fair winds and flowing seas, shipmate. Bravo Zulu. Rest In Peace, my first cousin (once removed) and may perpetual light shine upon you.
- Gerald Miller
 Added: Jan. 1, 2016
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