Robert Eugene “Bob” Litz
June 25, 1936- October 27, 2016
Robert Eugene “Bob” Litz, 80, of Solomons, MD passed away on October 27, 2016 in Annapolis, MD. He was born on June 25, 1936 in Washington, DC to the late Francis and Mildred Litz. He was the beloved husband to Charlene S. Litz of Solomons, MD.
Bob attended Anacostia High School from 1953-1956 and joined the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1954. After graduation from high school in 1956, Bob married the love of his life Charlene Marian Smith on May 26, 1956 and they shared 60 wonderful years together.
Bob’s first full-time job was with the National Radio Institute, a correspondence school located in Washington, DC. Later in 1956 he worked as a draftsman with the DC Government, Department of Sanitary Engineering. Between 1956 and 1963 Bob moved up the ranks and was promoted to a Survey Party Chief, surveying new construction of water and sewer lines. On April 1, 1963 he started work at the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office (later named Defense Mapping Agency) in Suitland, MD as a Cartographic Aid. After numerous college courses, Bob obtained his Cartographers rating and had an exemplary career with achievements ranging from special projects to crisis management. He was the primary crisis manager for the Falklands War, numerous actions in Central America, Operation Eldorado Canyon (raid on Libya) and many other operations in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He consistently improved the ability of the Defense Mapping Agency to produce and distribute material for combat and combat support missions. Bob supported Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm directly contributing to the successful performance and readiness of the United States and coalition forces. He personally developed, implemented, and managed the flow and shipment of over 116 million maps and charts to forces in the Middle East. After a truly distinguished career, Bob retired in January 1992.
After retirement, Bob continued to play in integral role in his community volunteering at his Credit Union, Solomons United Methodist Church, Asbury Solomons, and a number of other organizations and committees.
Bob was an avid golfer and life-long Redskins fan, but his greatest joy was his family.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents Francis J. Litz Sr. and Mildred Viola Thornton; and his brother Francis (Sonny) J. Litz Jr. He is survived by his wife Charlene Smith Litz; son Corey Allen Litz (Sue); daughter Kimberly Litz Matullo (Chip); grandson Justin Robert Seibert (Robin); and granddaughter Brittney Lynn Litz. Also surviving are nephews Chris Litz (Tamie) and David Litz (Alice); and niece Valerie Litz.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016