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Saturday, December 12, 2015

Robert W. Lokker passed away December 9, 2015 in Eastern Niagara Hospital, Lockport.

Born in Jersey City, NJ on May 5, 1926 he was the son of Warren and Lillian (Christians) Lokker. Robert served in the US Marine Corp from 1943 to 1946 during WW II serving as an air gunner and dive bomber in the South Pacific. He then went on to further hone his air skills in the US Navy flight school. Robert was then recalled into active duty during this time, and went on to serve 1 ½ years during the Korean War where he was an air patrolman  for one year before being moved to a base in Japan.  There he tested and delivered airplanes to some 35,000 American troops comprising the various squadrons still in Korea. After 1955, he became a captain in the US Marine Corps Forces Reserve, Robert flew 35 missions in the South Pacific during WW II as a gunner. He was awarded an Air Medal for this service, an uncommon honor in the Marine Corps. Once Korea ended Robert became a pilot for Pan Am where he worked for 25 years flying everything they had including a 747, he retired in 1978.  Robert enjoyed photography, painting, was a machinist, a master gunsmith, working on model railroads, and flying remote control planes.

Robert is survived by his wife Helen (Lapp) Lokker of Lockport; father of Garen (Joyce) Gookin of Colorado and Jeannine Ellis of Cambria; grandfather of Stefanie (Ryan) Wichhart of Niagara Falls and Andrew (Rachel) Ellis of Houston, TX; great grandfather of Benjamin, Samuel, Sarah Wichhart and Rebekah Ellis.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

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