Robert L “Bob” Scully, CDR, USN, Ret. 93, of Whidbey Island passed away on Oct. 2, 2017. Bob entered the world on March 16, 1924, in Pottowatomie County, Kan., to the late Francis and Mabel Scully of Topeka, Kan.
Bob spent his formative years in Topeka, Kan. at Washburn University. He married Geraldine Reid and cared for her deeply until her passing in 1976. In 1978, he married his second love, Donna (Nichols) Scully and for the last 39 years they have been laughing, loving and dancing through their golden years.
During his career in the Navy, Bob had a significant impact improving the safety of fellow pilots and deck crew, earning medals for World War II Victory, Japanese Occupation, United Nations, Korean Services, National Defense Services and Naval Reserve. Most importantly, he was instrumental in improving the landing aids and operations of flight decks on the aircraft carriers of the Pacific Fleet. This action subsequently significantly reduced fatalities and injuries for pilots and deck crews. Retiring after 26 years of service as a commander, he purchased land on Whidbey Island to launch his second career, founding the O’Scholade Ranch.
As a member of the Oak Harbor and Island County communities, Bob pursued his many hobbies and established the Gem and Rock Club, facilitated the establishment of the Silver Lake Fire Station — serving as a trainer and firefighter for the first volunteer team, became the resident apiarist and was a member of the Whidbey Island Country Club, golfing well into his 80s. He was also elected to the very first park and recreation board. Under his tenure the Oak Harbor Senior Center and swimming pool were approved. Despite his many activities, Bob could always find time to enjoy time with friends on Friday evenings at the “Friday Night Dinner Group.”
Bob will always be fondly remembered by his family for his strong work ethic, enduring passion for life and adoration for his wife, Donna. With his grandchildren, his legacy includes tree forts, a profound respect for elders as he regularly outworked them on the ranch well into his 60s, admiration for the homemade ice cream and appreciation for a good tractor ride. Bob lived his full life with integrity, honor and gusto.
Bob was a beloved husband to the two great loves of his life, the late Geraldine (Reid) Scully and Donna (Nichols) Scully. He was the loving father of Sandra and her husband Gary Auckland, Jim and his wife Carol Scully. Stepchildren include Stan Nichols (Miriam) and Linda Nichols (Phillipp).
He was also the devoted grandfather of Brian, David and Steve Auckland, Shaun Scully, Angel Rollins, Eric Nichols, Angela (Steve) Santello, Erica Beernink, Rilee Nichols, and Casslaine Beernink. Great grandfather to many. Bob is survived by his brothers William V. (Martha) Scully, and Richard W. Scully and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his wife Geraldine, brothers Paul and Donald (Mary) Scully and his sister Marylyn Scully-Hibbs.
Funeral services for Bob will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 at the Oak Harbor First Reformed Church. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. In lieu of flowers please consider volunteering and spending time improving your local community.