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Charles “Bob” Anspach

March 21, 2012
Pine Island Eagle

Charles "Bob" Anspach of Bokeelia passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2012.

He was born in Toledo, Ohio, April 16, 1930, to Charles and Juanita.

He had been a caring and loving husband to Deborah for the past 29 years.

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Charles “Bob” Anspach

He attended Cal Aero Technical Institute where he graduated as an aircraft mechanic in June 1951 and was a pilot in the United States Air Force until 1954. He had the opportunity and good fortune to fly many exciting airplanes, including a P-51 Mustang and in 1980 he broke the world speed record in the Cleveland Air Show Races for Formula One racing. He and his plane are featured in the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a speed enthusiast and his hobbies ranged from his aerobatics/speed racing team the "Pole Kat" Squadron and building sports cars to going for a round of golf. He was a member of the Masons, EAA and the NRA.

He is survived by his wife, Deborah; brother, Carl; son, Bob Jr. (Martha); daughter, Laura Thomas; step-daughter, Julia Simpson and her fiance, Paul Thomas; step-daughter, Jennifer (Kirk) Reese; grandson, Todd (Julie); grandson, Jon (Lizzie); Angela (Joseph) Amador; Amy Adamic; his grandchildren, Kirsten Reese, Clara Ambrose, Kaitlin and Paige Reese, Nathaniel and Banner Reese; and his great-grandchildren, Jeremy and Damian Adamic.

Visitation was held Friday at Coral Ridge Funeral Home and Cemetery, followed by a service with military honors and entombment.

Bob will be loved and missed dearly and will liver forever in our hearts.



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