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Charles Robert "Bob" Chitwood

November 10, 1938 — February 14, 2024

In loving memory of Charles Robert “Bob” Chitwood, a devoted husband, father, and friend, who peacefully passed away at the age of 85 on February 14, 2024. 

 

Born on November 10, 1938 in Chandler, Bob epitomized the spirit of Arizona as a proud third-generation Arizonian, deeply rooted in his community. He was the beloved third child of Patricia (née Andersen) and Phillip Gibson “Bud” Chitwood, alongside siblings Johnny, Jane, and Carolyn. 

 

He was a proud graduate of Chandler High. Bob pursued his passion for engineering, earning a Bachelor's degree from Arizona State University and a Master's degree from the University of Phoenix. Descended from the industrious Andersen family, early Danish settlers in Chandler, Bob inherited their ethos of hard work, ingenuity, and resilience. 

 

An avid aviator from a young age, Bob obtained his pilot’s license and delighted in flying for many years, including his exhilarating adventures in his Citabria and aerobatic flying. He was equally passionate about pushing his physical limits and ran four marathons, demonstrating his determination and commitment to excellence. 

 

As Chief Engineer of the test lab at Allied Signal within the aerospace industry, Bob's legacy extended far beyond professional success. He fondly recalled his early days there starting as a lab tech. He established the Allied Signal intern program at the Tempe facility, nurturing engineering talent from ASU and encouraging personal growth both in and out of the workplace. 

 

Bob’s enduring legacy lies not only in his professional achievements but also in the warmth of his heart, infectious smile, unwavering integrity, and profound devotion to his family and friends. He exemplified kindness, never speaking ill of others and radiating positivity in all endeavors. 


Bob's 70+ year love story with his wife Julia was a testament to enduring love, filled with adventures to the rim, the dunes, Europe, and their beach house in Mexico. Together, they embraced life's journey with boundless love, respect, and humor. 

 

Bob is survived by his wife Julia, son Bobby, favorite daughter Jolie, and grandson Zach, all of whom will forever hold him close in their hearts. 

 

His legacy echoes through the lives he touched and the memories he leaves behind. Bob will be profoundly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him, yet his spirit will endure through the love and joy he shared with those fortunate enough to call him friend or family.

 

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 11:00 am at Whitney & Murphy Bueler Mortuary, 14 W. Hulet Drive, Chandler, AZ 85225.

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Saturday, March 2, 2024

Starts at 11:00 am (Mountain (no DST) time)

Whitney & Murphey Bueler Mortuary

14 W. Hulet Drive, Chandler, AZ 85225

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