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TACAMO Fallen Veteran - Bob Lucas, VQ-3 & VQ-4 as a Reel OP

February 28, 1969 to September 10, 2021

Funeral is Postponed...More information coming soon

AWFC (AW/NAC) Robert “Bob” Lucas, United States Navy, Retired, 52, of Oklahoma City, passed away on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 1:30 AM. Chief Petty Officer Lucas is survived by his mother Nilsa Pappas, sister Jeanne Lucas-Gibeau, girlfriend Sheryl Srader, five children; Robert Lucas IV (Mate), Nelson Lucas (daughter-in-law Heather), Vasilli Lucas, Emily Lucas, Caleigh Lucas, and his six grandchildren Lorik, Justin, Caiden, Peyton, Kyleigh and Charlette. He is preceded in death by his father Robert Lucas, his stepfather Bill Pappas and his granddaughter Carolynn Lucas. He also leaves many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, long time friends, coworkers and his Navy Brothers and Sisters.

Chief Lucas retired from the United States Navy in 2011 after serving 24 years including service during Operation Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and the Global War on Terrorism. He was awarded the Air Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Navy Commendation Medal (with Gold Star), Army Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (with Silver Star), Good Conduct Medal (with Silver Star), National Defense Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Expert Rifle, and Expert Pistol Medals. Robert was proud to be a Navy Chief Petty Officer. Following his distinguished career in the Navy, Bob continued to serve his country as a support contractor on Navy and Air Force programs in Oklahoma City.


Greg Hinckel Reported:

My dear friend, best man and brother Chief Petty Officer Bob Lucas passed away last night from COVID. My heart aches today but I will cherish my memories of him and all the crazy fun times we had over the years. RIP my friend.

May God hold his family and friends and provide comfort in this difficult time.

James Reed Reported:

It’s never easy to hear about the passing of a loved one or friend. The news of Bob Lucas passing hits extremely hard. Just as many of my brothers and sisters from my past Navy life, I hadn't seen Bob in several years. It's the sad reality of retirement but we will always be bonded together through our service. Bob was my LPO when I was up-and-coming and a big part of me making First Class. His retirement was one of the last retirements I attended right before being pinned with anchors. He had some special word for John David Shields and I and those words have stuck with me to this day. Not to mention his awesomely painted drogue skirt. Rest easy Brother.

TCVA extends its sympathy and prayer for peace to Lucas's family and friends during this time of the passing. 


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