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LCDR Robert D. Carleton, USN (Ret.)

January 24, 1921 ~ October 8, 2014

Robert Dudley Carleton, Sr., “Bob” died, at the age of 93, on October 8, 2014, at Memory Haven in Sumner, WA. Bob was born on January 24, 1921, to Guy and Ada Carleton in Manhasset, NY. He was raised with his siblings, Jean and Ed, in Manhasset, but the family spent much of their summers at their cabin, OWA-ETCA, in the New York Adirondacks, where he grew to love everything to do with the outdoors.

Bob enlisted in the Navy in 1942, and in his early years, served on the USS Yorktown “The Fighting Lady” as a pilot, flying F6F (Hellcat) during WWII. Bob married Mariruth Hartquist, “Harky”, on July 21, 1945, and after WWII, they were stationed back in New York, where Bob finished his degree at Columbia University. Bob went on to learn to fly helicopters, becoming the 33rd endorsed helicopter pilot in the U.S. Navy and, from there, he trained pilots to fly helicopters, helping to fill the high demand. Bob retired from the U.S. Navy in 1963, as a Lt. Commander.

Stationed in Washington State three times during his service in the Navy, Bob and Harky decided they wanted to retire there to raise their family. During his last year in the service, Bob came to the Chelan Valley and purchased an orchard in Manson, WA, where he and Harky became an intricate part of the community. Bob enjoyed life as a farmer and served on the Board of Directors with the Trout Fruit Co-op for many years. He was the local Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts and shared his love of hiking and the outdoors with the youth in the community while his children were young. He was an active member of the Manson Kiwanis Club and spent many hours helping with local community projects and especially enjoyed cooking chicken for the annual BBQ. He also became involved with the local Habitat for Humanity and helped to build 11 houses in the community for families in need.

After his children finished school, Bob and Harky purchased a private plane and rekindled their combined love of flying. They began fulfilling their dreams of travel and visited family, and friends that they had accrued over their years in the Navy, in all corners of the United States. They also explored outside the U.S. in their plane, taking it through Canada to Alaska and down through the Copper Canyons of Mexico. Bob and Harky’s travel adventures took them all over the globe, including several trips to Africa, Australia, Europe, Asia, South America, and beyond. Bob continued to fly his plane until he grounded himself at the age of 86.

Bob was preceded in death by his mother, Ada; father, Guy; sister, Jean Hill; brother, Edward Carleton; son, Craig Timothy (1956); daughter, Deborah Jean Rucky (1987); son-in-law, George Lundstrom; and his wife of 56 years, Harky (2002). Bob is survived by his children and their spouses: son, Robert Jr. and Terrie Carleton of Manson, WA; daughter, Teresa “Terry” and Dave Maczuga of Bellingham, WA; and daughter, Regina “Reggie” and John Albert of Puyallup, WA. He also has five grandchildren, Christer, Megan, Ryan, Drew, and Neil; and four great-grandchildren, Harper, Penley, Cooper and Porter.

Graveside Services for Bob will be at Chelan’s Fraternal Cemetery Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. There will be a reception to follow at Campbell’s Resort in Chelan, WA. In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting a community non-profit such as Habitat for Humanity, Manson Kiwanis or Echo Valley Ski Area. Please feel free to leave your thoughts and memories for the family at www.prechtrose.com. Services are entrusted to Precht Rose Chapel.

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