Robert Miyagawa, USN (Ret.)
Robert (Bob) Miyagawa went home to be with the Lord
on Saturday, January 23, 2016. He was born on July
30, 1932 to George Yoshio and Myra Nielsen Miyagawa
in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Bob is survived by his wife, Bonny Miyagawa; his
older brother James Miyagawa and wife Betty; his son
John Miyagawa; his daughter Kay Miyagawa Ennis and
husband Bill Ennis; his granddaughters Mary Beth
Miyagawa and Sharon Miyagawa; grandsons Tucker Ennis
and Trevor Ennis; nephews Dave Miyagawa and wife
Marcia, Tom Miyagawa and wife Mary Claire.
A nephew, James Robert Miyagawa predeceased him
in Oct. 2015.
He married Ellen Jane Brooks of Marshall,
Michigan and they were married for over 50-years,
until her passing in 2006. Late in life, he was
fortunate to find love and companionship with his
wife Bonny Turner, whom he married on July 20, 2013.
Bob graduated from Kalamazoo College in 1954,
with a degree in Economics. He then enlisted in the
United States Navy in 1955, served for 23 years and
retired as a Captain in 1978. He piloted land-and
carrier-based anti-submarine aircraft in the Pacific
and North Atlantic for ten years. He was an
instructor in warfare tactics at the Naval Academy
in Annapolis, MD and the Naval War College in
Newport, RI. Bob was Communications Commander in the
Pacific Command during the Viet Nam war era. He
served as the Air Operations Officer on the USS
Hornet for the Apollo 12 recovery mission in the
South Pacific. He concluded his Naval career as
Commanding Officer of a tactical air control group
based in Norfolk, VA, supporting NATO in the North
Atlantic and Mediterranean. He earned a Masters
Degree in Aerospace Operations Management in 1969
from the University of Southern California. After
retiring from the Navy in 1978, he went on to work
for Virginia Electric and Power Company at Bremo
Bluff, VA for ten years as a Systems/Cost Analyst.
His wife Bonny wishes to especially thank Dr.
Jamie Kennedy and all the nurses and staff at the
UVA Medical Center for their kindness.
There will be a visitation from 1 to 2 p.m., with
memorial services to follow on Saturday, February 6,
2016, at Westover United Methodist Church, 2801
Fredericksburg Rd. Ruckersville, VA 22968.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be
sent to the Westover United Methodist Church
Building Fund or Caring for Creatures, 352 Sanctuary
Ln., Palmyra VA 22963.
An online guestbook is available at
Ryan Funeral Home of Ruckersville, VA is handling