Robert Montgomery Knightly, Lt. Col. (Ret.)
June 28, 1931 – October 22, 2020
Robert Montgomery Knightly, Lt. Col. (Ret), age 89, of Omaha, died at his home on Oct. 22, 2020. Bob was a proud Air Force Veteran serving from 1953 to 1975, most years as a reconnaissance pilot. He flew RC-135 combat missions in the Vietnam theater. His final assignment was chief of Reconnaissance Operations of the 55th SRW, Omaha.
Bob had a second career in real estate and spent many hours volunteering with his church. He was quick to laugh and quicker to lend a hand. A man of deep principles and deeper faith, he loved God, his country, and his family.
Bob is survived by his wife of 67 years Reva; daughters Nancy Vogel (Harlan) and Debra Weiss (Bernie); son, Robert Knightly (Elizabeth); grandchildren: Robert Vogel, Dr. Kristen Vogel (David Coleman), John Weiss, Joe Weiss, Jeff Weiss, and Allison Knightly; great-grandson, Michael Coleman; brother, John Knightly (Shirley); brother-in-law, Leland Franz; many nieces and nephews; and many special friends.
Born on June 28, 1931 in Hutchinson, Kansas, he was preceded in death by parents, John and Marjorie Knightly, and brother, J. William Knightly. Bob graduated from Kansas University with a bachelor’s degree in business and was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: Wednesday, October 28th at 11am at the West Center Chapel. Interment: Evergreen Memorial Park with full military honors. Memorials may be sent to the Church of the Cross for the U.S. flag fund.
Mission complete! Godspeed, Bob. CAVU!