Robert Miles Nevin, age 96, passed away on April 25, 2014 at Cox Monett Hospital in Monett, Missouri following a brief illness. He was born in Pittsburg, Kansas to John Andrew Nevin and Ruth Loring Hartzell on April 17, 1918, where he later graduated from Pittsburg State University, then known as Kansas State Teachers College.
He went to California in the late 30s and eventually landed a job with Douglas Aircraft where he worked on what was then the revolutionary DC3. To make extra money he took a job teaching aircraft mechanics at an area trade school.
Soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor he enlisted in the U.S.Navy, which put him on a list to be transferred to the Marine Corps. He managed to get the ear of a sympathetic commanding officer and was taken off that list and placed into Naval duty. The Marine Corps unit to which he had been assigned soon departed for Guadalcanal.
After the war he, his wife and firstborn son moved to Tyro, Kansas, the home of Louises family, where he and a brotherinlaw set up shop building, selling and installing water coolers for home refrigerators. He later worked for many years as a sales manager for Sears Roebuck in Coffeyville, Springfield, Shreveport and Kansas City. In the last years of his career he served as a manufacturing plant manager for Peerless Products in St. Louis. He and his wife Louise retired to Springfield in 1992, and moved to Monett in 2010 where he attended First Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his wife Louise, his son John and wife Karen, son Rick and wife Pam, three grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren.
Graveside Services will be held on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Fawn Creek Cemetery near Tyro, Kansas. Evangelist David Bycroft will officiate. No visitation is scheduled at this time. FordWulfBruns Chapel in Coffeyville, Kansas will be assisting with arrangements. To leave a special message for the family online, visit www.fordwulfbrunschapel.com