Senior Master Sergeant Robert W. Markham
Robert “Bob” William Markham (78), a 38 year resident of Redlands, passed away on March 3rd at Redlands Community Hospital. Bob was retired Senior Master Sgt. From the USAF and travelled the world during his service including one tour of duty in Vietnam. He was a member of the 1st Congregational Church in Redlands, and the B.P.O.Elks. He was a lifetime member of the Riverside National Cemetery Support Committee where he was instrumental in ensuring flags were appropriately placed upon the graves of deserving Veterans and loved ones, and also a lifetime member of The C7A Caribou Association, as well as the TREA.
Bob was a good provider for his family, and a stickler for details. He was inseparable from his wife of 48 years Winona, and their personalities balanced each other out well.
Bob was an Honorary Lifetime Member of the C-7A Caribou Association and the certificate for that speaks for itself:
Bob Markham has served as the 459th Squadron Representative since 1998. He has continually kept the 459th advised of reunions and dedications. He has done an exceptional job as Chair of the Bereavement Committee. He has served as COB and President of the Association.
He was primarily responsible, along with Bob Dugan, for the success of the Abilene Memorial Dedication. He was solely responsible for establishing the Associate member category and getting the tremendous response of relatives attending. He has maintained contact with all the relatives and provided the roster chairman with frequent updates.
He completed a survey of the Ogden site for the reunion and coordinated the dedication with the Hill Museum. He has attended The Reunion Network Comfams at Kalamazoo, MI, Buena Park, CA and DuPage County, IL as potential reunion sites, all on his own dime.
He has done more to advance the prestige of the Association than anyone except Nick Evanish.
It is therefore moved that Bob be awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership status, such award to be presented at the Salt Lake City reunion.
Robert is survived by: daughter, Nancy (Marc) Villeneuve; his sons David (Julie) Markham and Timothy Markham; sister, Louise Weldon; aunt, Grace McIlvane, and his 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Winona in 2002.
A visitation will be held at Bobbitt Memorial Chapel 1299 E Highland Ave., San Bernardino on Tuesday, March 9th 2010 from 4 to 7 PM Graveside Services will be held at 2:01 On Wednesday March 10, 2010 at the Riverside National Cemetery 22495 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside CA Staging area #5.