Robert "Bob" A. Niles
Robert "Bob" A. Niles
February 17, 1923 - May 15, 2020

ROBERT “BOB” A. NILES

Robert “Bob” Adair Niles, 97, of San Mateo, passed away Friday, May 15, 2020 at his residence following an extended illness.

Bob was born in McCracken, Kansas and his family moved to Crescent City when he was five years old. He was the last surviving graduate of Crescent City High School Class of '41. He served honorably in the United States Navy during World War II. While training as a pilot, he was injured and was not able to complete his training. He worked as a welder for Georgia-Pacific retiring in1986 after 32 years of service. He was a member of the Machinist Union. He was the oldest original active member of First Baptist Church of San Mateo since 1954 (66 years) and made the cross on the current church steeple.

In addition, he was a member and held many offices of Lake Lodge #72 Free and Accepted Masons in Crescent City and the Grand Lodge of Florida. For his exemplary service to the Order he was recognized as an honorary member of Masonic lodges all over Florida and was elevated to the respected level of a 33rd Degree Mason. He was an active member of York Rite; Red Cross of Constantine; Brethren of William A. Bessent, III, Council #363; Scottish Rite, and Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter #200. He also served as a Boy Scout Leader of Troop 233 in San Mateo. Many men still praise him for the positive influence he had on them through scouting. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. As an experienced welder, machinist, mechanic, and carpenter he could make anything he wanted. He also enjoyed and was willing to help others in anyway. He always enjoyed sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience with others. He liked flying model airplanes and enjoyed spending time in his grove and working with all kinds of plants. He loved the Lord and his family dearly…they were his whole life. His was a life well lived.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Alberta Niles; a son, Roger Niles; a grandson, Robert Moody; a grandson-in-law, Mark Durden; and a sister, Neva Pigue.

Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Allen Peacock of Crescent City, Karen and Wayne Moody of Palatka, Joyce and Glenn Turner of Tallahassee; a special friend, Tilithi Baxter; seven grandchildren and spouses, Stacey and Dennis Lewis, John and Vicky Peacock, Wendy and Phillip Beasley, Emily Turner, Ellen Turner, Dennis Niles, Nikita Motley; 12 great grandchildren; a niece and a nephew.

Private family graveside services at San Mateo Cemetery will be held with Pastor Dennis Lewis and Pastor Leroy Lewis officiating. Due to the COVID-19 virus, graveside services will be private with a public memorial service to be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be sent to Mayo Clinic for Alzheimer’s Research, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905 or the Paralyzed Veterans Association, P.O. Box 758589, Topeka, KS, 66675-8589.

Messages of encouragement or sympathy may be expressed in his online guestbook at www.themastersfuneralhomes.com.

Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements.

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