LAMOINE — Lt. Col. Robert “Bob” A. Schur passed away unexpectedly July 31, 2013, at his home in Lamoine, in the company of his wife and longtime family friends. He was born July 7, 1947, in Kearny, N.J., to Rosalie (Just) Schur and Carl Schur.
Bob graduated from Brick Township High School in Brick, N.J., in 1965, and continued his education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. He graduated in 1969 with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering. Following college, Bob entered the Air Force and was trained as a fighter pilot. During his service in Vietnam, he flew reconnaissance missions as a forward air controller and was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses for his instrumental role in the search for and rescue of American prisoners of war. After completing his active duty, he served 20 more years with the Air National Guard flying fighter planes and training new pilots. Following his retirement from military service, he flew commercially for Trans World Airlines and later American Airlines. In total, Bob spent 39 years flying all manner of airplanes. When not in the air, Bob loved being on the sea. He raced yachts competitively throughout the 1990s, including the race from Newport, R.I., to Bermuda in 1996. Bob moved to Lamoine from Brick, N.J., with his wife and daughter in 2002, where he continued to fly for American Airlines until 2007. He spent his retired years building a personal aircraft and helping his wife with their horses.
Bob is survived by his wife, Carol (Cizas) Schur, whom he married in 1976; his daughter, Kelsey Schur, of Boston, Mass.; and his sister, Carol Schur, of Beachwood, N.J., as well as several nieces and nephews and their children. He was predeceased by his mother, father, and older brother, Edward Schur.
A memorial service will be held at Ocean County Memorial Park in New Jersey. Friends of the deceased should contact family members or e-mail [email protected] for details.