Robert Montgomery Knightly, Lt. Col. (Ret.)

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!



  • John and Mindi Knightly Posted October 24, 2020 4:57 pm

    Sorry to hear the news. God bless.

  • Debbie Mazgaj Posted October 27, 2020 10:25 am

    Reva – I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was such a kind and good man. I am glad that I got to know both of you the last few years. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. Please accept my condolences.

  • Sigrid Stewart Posted October 27, 2020 3:28 pm

    As a child I always thought my Uncle Bob was quite dashing and handsome. I know my parents thought highly of him even though he went to Kansas University! God bless you Uncle Bob. Reva, my thoughts are with you.

  • Linda Matson Posted October 28, 2020 10:40 am

    Dear Reva. Bob’s heart was as big as all of outdoors. His smile would light up a room. May you find some comfort in all of the happy memories you have shared together.

  • Clark Wesley Posted October 28, 2020 2:48 pm

    We were sorry to read of the passing of Bob. He was literaly a life long friend and Best Man in our wedding. A super nice guy. Charlene and Clark Wesley

  • Rich Mercer Posted October 29, 2020 3:37 pm

    Lots of fond memories of a great guy; a fellow Hutch High Salt Hawk; pledge brother at Phi Kappa Psi – KU, roommate and life long friend. Good athlete. Always fun to be with. My sympathy to Reva and family.

  • Lin Mollner Davis Posted October 31, 2020 10:30 am

    Reva, I was saddened to learn of Bob’s passing. My heartfelt sympathies to you, the family, & his many, many friends. One of my favorite memories is from the day Jim, Kim, Barbara, Amy, & I went to church & left our new puppy in the back yard only to find him nestled near the front door when we returned. You & Bob had watched the chubby puppy wriggle under the fence & go to the front door. How did he know to do that? He had been with us less than a day! It was a sad day when the two of you moved because I always felt our neighborhood was somehow safer with the Knightly’s on the watch. I know Bob is in heaven &, if I’m a good girl, I’ll see him again. I hope you are doing well.

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