Robert Paul Wylie (Bob), of Tehachapi, CA, passed away on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at the age of 77.
Bob was born to parents, Robert C. and Edith E. (Wallace) Wylie on March 21, 1939, in Boston, Massachusetts. He grew up in Boston and graduated from Hyde Park High School, later attending Boston State College where Bob graduated with a bachelor's degree in Education.
In 1961, Bob enlisted with the US Marine Corps, and soon entered officer's candidate school. He was in the Marines until 1976 and achieved the rank of Major. During his military career, Bob served in Vietnam as a marine pilot flying the A-4 Skyhawk with three tours of duty flying 96 combat missions.
The military was just one of Bob's many careers. Nurse (LPN), teacher, florist, commercial pilot (flying 727's and DC-10's for Continental Airlines), and Detective with the San Diego Police Department (at one time serving on the mayor's detail) were all a part of Bob's wide variety of careers.
Bob married Eldora Day in 1964, and they raised three children; Deborah, Robert, and
In 1990, Bob married Jill, and they lived in San Diego where Bob worked as a police officer.
Retiring brought Bob and Jill to Tehachapi where he enjoyed golf, riding his beloved horses, Twoey and Hoot, and spending time with his family. In Tehachapi, Bob also served as President of The Bear Valley Springs Association.
Bob is survived by his wife, Jill; daughter, Deborah; sons, Robert and Christopher; stepdaughters, Jessica and Cameo; two sisters, Elizabeth and Gretchen; grandson, Aiden; granddaughter, Lauren; great-granddaughter, Nalina; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Edith.
Friends and family are welcome to attend the memorial service on September 19, 2016. Those attending should began gathering at 11:00 am in the 300 block of West F Street at Wood Family Funeral Home in Tehachapi where parking will be restricted. The escort of family and friends will begin at 11:15 am with the Tehachapi Police Department escorting the funeral procession from the funeral home in Tehachapi to the service at Bakersfield National Cemetery.