FAYETTEVILLE - Robert Craig Jennings, 57, of Fayetteville returned to life-everlasting with the Lord on Saturday April 11, 2015.
Robert was born on June 18, 1957, a native of northern California.
Remaining to cherish his memories are the "love of his life," his wife of 36 years, Lana Jennings; beloved son, Micheal Jennings and wife Bethany; mother, Gail Hart; brothers, Micheal Jennings, Daniel Jennings and David Jennings; sister Candace Leila; great-grandmother, Geraldine Pugh; and a large family of cousins, nephews and close dear friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Micheal Jennings; sister, Vicky Jennings; and grandmother, Barbara Titus.
Robert, affectionately known as Bobby to his family, was ever the enterprising young man. He sold library cards to his siblings, which allowed them access to his vast collection of comic books. Funding more purchases with his acquired profits, he always saw a business opportunity in the making.
He and his lifelong friend Miguel Lehmann were known for their never-ending "mischief" and "pranks."
With an enormous love and pride for his country, Robert joined the U.S. Air Force in 1976. He received double master's degrees while he attended George Washington University, in engineering management, and University of Maryland, in political science.
He was fluent in four languages and had many tours of duty worldwide. He was proud of his country's request to participate in the historical moment of tearing down the Berlin Wall. He earned innumerable awards and commendations as a captain of the Air Force. Upon his retirement in 1998, Robert focused on his extremely capable leadership skills, enjoying his new life as a civilian. # Squirrel.
He had big dreams, always striving to do his absolute best, with very high morals and standards, and ever the patriot, he returned in service of his country after 9/11.
Bobby is probably remembered most for his debating skills, quick wit, humor, easy smile, laughter, his generous devotion to family and his appreciation of finer things in life, including all things beautiful.
He walked through life with a genetic predispositional "positive attitude." He focused on looking forward toward the good in all things.
He most recently envisioned a future beyond the military to enjoy his "roundtable" buddies, his and Lana's flower garden and their beautiful home.
An honor guard service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2015, at Lafayette Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in his name to Wounded Warriors, Fisher House or a charity of your choice.
Services entrusted to Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home of Fayetteville.
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