Obituary: Robert Joseph 'Rob' Tilden

Robert Joseph ‘Rob’ Tilden

Robert Joseph ‘Rob’ Tilden

Rob Tilden passed away on Friday, June 24, 2016, in Kingman at the age of 69.

Rob was born to Lt. Charles and Helen Tilden on Sept. 8, 1946, in Newport, Rhode Island. Rob and his four siblings grew up together in a career Navy family, island hopping in the Pacific from the Philippines to Guam and Hawaii with multiple stops in between up and down the California coast.

Rob volunteered for helicopter training and proudly served as a pilot during the war in Vietnam. Rob received multiple commendations, including, in 1968, the Distinguished Flying Cross for "repeated valorous and selfless actions."

After returning from Vietnam, Rob served as helicopter instructor and airfield operations manager for the remainder of his career in the Army.

Rob returned to California in 1989 and was employed with the California Employment Development Department in Bakersfield. He worked as a job placement specialist for military veterans, a position from which he received a great deal of gratification and satisfaction.

On Valentine's Day, 1992, while he was Commander of the American Legion Post in Delano, CA, Rob married Mary Doyle. They retired in 2004, moving to a five-acre parcel of high desert serenity just north of Kingman.

Rob was preceded in death by his son, Ken, in 2008.

Rob is survived by his wife Mary; daughter Kristi Welsh and her husband Jeff, of Issaquah, Wash.; grandsons Jack and Ryan Welsh; siblings, Michael Tilden and his wife Paula of Hanford, Calif., Mary Poulos and her husband Bill of Port Orchard, Wash., Mark Tilden and his wife Wendy of Navarre, Fla., and Ellen Hasson and her husband Scott of Martinez, Ga., and their families.