Bobbie G. Guhl, age 90, passed away quietly Feb. 3, 2018, at Quarry Hill Gardens in Camden. Born Oct. 26, 1927, in Plymouth, Wis., to Charles and Marie (Bohanyin) Guhl, he was the youngest of five children.

Bobbie, or Bob, dedicated his adult life to a career in the military. Enlisting in the Navy at age 17, Bob was stationed aboard a ship on the Yangtze River in China during World War II. He delighted in retelling humorous tales of shipboard life, as well as the numerous adventures he experienced during his land-based duties. After separating from the Navy at the end of the war, he moved to California for a short hiatus before returning to the service, this time enlisting in the Army. His first assignment sent him to post-war Europe where, in Frankfurt, Germany, he met and married then-Cpl. Lillian M. Scholz, his wife of 43 years,.

During his career with the Army, first in the infantry, then the Army Security Agency, tours of duty took Bob and family around the world, with multiple assignments to Europe, as well as posts in the United States and the Pacific. He also served two tours of duty in Korea — first during, then after the war, and another in Vietnam. After 26 years, he retired from the Army as a command sergeant major in 1974, and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from the University of Washington.

Bob would spend the next 12 years working for the United States Postal Service and developing his “gentleman’s farm” in Eatonville, Wash., with his wife. After her passing, he retired again and moved to Maine in 1995 to be closer to his daughter and his youngest son. Once retired, Bob followed a number of interests, including collecting and restoring antique firearms, traveling with his two dogs to family events in Wisconsin and reconnecting with family. He was actively involved in local organizations including the VA, VFW and Knights of Columbus, and served on Camden’s Budget Committee.

A generous and loving man, he had a great sense of humor and never hesitated to help anyone – dog or human – in need. Bob was predeceased by his wife, Lillian, and his four siblings. He is survived by his son Gordon, wife Paula, and grandson Jeffrey of Lynnwood, Wash.; daughter Susan (Scholz) Blake, husband Peter and “grandson” Poncho (the dog), of Camden; and son Mark and wife Elaine of Buxton.

At his request, there will be no service. Interment will be at the National Veterans' Cemetery in Bourne, Mass., at the convenience of the family. If desired, memorial gifts may be made in his name to a local animal shelter.

The family would like to gratefully acknowledge the love, caring and support of the staff at Quarry Hill Gardens during Dad’s stay. He would have liked to thank you all himself – he loved you as much as you loved him, and we sincerely appreciate all you’ve done.

Condolences may be shared with the family at longfunerhomecamden.com. Arrangements are with Long Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Camden.