On Friday December 8, 2017, Robert Bond of Carolanne Farm passed away at Sentara Leigh Hospital at the age of 88. He is survived by his wife, M’Lou Bond; three daughters, Holly Bland of Virginia Beach, Laura Seymer of Austin, Texas, and Lucy Bond of Virginia Beach; three grandchildren, Megan Bond-Watts of Charleston, S.C., Benjamin Bond Bland of Virginia Beach, and Sydney Hinkle of Virginia Beach; and three great-grandchildren, Leon Bland, Samson Bland, and Jonah Bland also of Virginia Beach. Robert was Born in 1929 in Norfolk, Virginia, to Millie Kucera Bond and Benjamin Harrison Bond.
Upon graduation from Maury High School, Robert enlisted in the army in 1946 and served as a paratrooper in the 187th Airborne Division in Japan.
After returning from Japan, he attended the Norfolk Division of William and Mary (now Old Dominion University). In 1949 he married Marie Louise Sellery, his wife of sixty-eight years.
At the start of the Korean War, Robert returned to active duty and was accepted to OCS in 1951 in Fort Knox, Kentucky. As a Second Lt. he was sent to Fort Rucker, Alabama.
After Fort Rucker, he served a tour in Mainz and Baumholder, Germany, then returned to Fort Knox.
While at Fort Knox, he became a reservist and eventually reached the rank of Colonel, retiring in 1989.
As a civilian, he was an appraiser for the Federal Housing Administration from1960 to 1964 in Indianapolis and Richmond. Then he returned to Norfolk where he joined the Civil Service, achieving the grade of GS 13 before he retired in 1983. As a civil servant, he worked zealously to mentor women who might otherwise not have advanced during that era. From 1973 to 1979 he was at the NATO base in Naples, Italy, negotiating leases and rights of way all over Europe on behalf of Eur. Br. Lant. Nav. Fac. Eng. Com.
After retiring from the Civil Service, Robert worked for a few years for the Sverdrup Company, acquiring property and rights of way.
He loved reading, model trains, travel, and telling stories. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, a man of wit and wisdom who will be deeply missed by his family and all who knew him.