Robert Merle "Bob" Schipper

5/2/21 - 4/7/16 

schipper1 Picture courtesy of Robert Kremer

Bob Schipper was born in Detroit, Mich. He attended Pleasantville High School and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He then flew in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Bob was hired as navigator at Seaboard in 1950 and eventually became chief navigator. After the navigator position was eliminated in 1970, he became manager of flight publications. He continued to be involved in issues related to navigation. He was also an avid hunter and fly fisherman, he enjoyed painting with watercolors, and reading westerns and biographies. Bob was a lifetime member of the Camp Fire Club of America where he earned a Medal of Valor Award for lifesaving, one of only 4 awarded in the 119-year history of the Club.

Bob is survived by his wife Sandra (Black) Schipper; two stepsons, Robert and wife, Heather Belanger; John and wife, Diana Bean; and 3 grandchildren, Jacob and Abigail Belanger and Jonah Bean. He was predeceased by his parents, brothers Edward Schipper and Paul Schipper; and sisters Audrey Balchen (married to pioneer polar aviator Bernt Balchen), and Marie Fluegel.

He is seen here in 1952 at the navigator's station in a DC-4, en route between Wake Island and Honolulu.


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