Robert “Bob” Henry Iles (or “Chip” as he was known in his younger years), of Littleton, N.H. passed away on May 29 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center surrounded by family and friends.
Bob was born on July 10, 1944 in Utica, N.Y. and was the son of the late Margaret and Robert Thomas Iles. He is survived by two younger brothers, James Richard Iles of Skaneateles, N.Y. and Thomas Edward Iles of Austin, Texas.
Bob became an Eagle Scout, an accomplishment he remained proud of throughout his life. He spent four years in the United States Airforce during the Vietnam War Era. He played football while in the military and was honorably discharged in 1968 as a Sergeant. Bob then worked for Mohawk Airlines and subsequent organizations post-mergers. While working in the aviation industry, Bob developed the weights and balances software and the daylight savings automatic conversion programs used in commercial aircraft.
On June 10, 1977, Bob and Glenda Lea Watrous were married and in 1979 they moved from Alexandria, Va. to Littleton, N.H. where they purchased and operated Lords of Littleton together. He loved a good challenge and a chance to show off his talents. They retired last summer and closed the business after 38 successful and fulfilling years serving the custom upholstery and window treatment needs of greater New England.
Bob was quick to get involved in the Littleton community and was on the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce for two years. He was also the Treasurer of the Littleton Congregational Church for seven years. Bob was a founder of the Shining Lights Learning Center at the church. He was passionate about working with the school and devoted 13 years of support and service to them as the treasurer and a board member, since the school’s inception in 2006.
An avid Redskins fan, Bob enjoyed watching football games and a variety of sports. A boating and camping enthusiast, Bob and Glenda owned boats over the years and the family has fond memories of time spent at Moore Dam together. Bob enjoyed cooking and exploring new cuisines, both at home and during travels with the C&C Society, a decades-old group of close friends that hosts themed dinner parties and vacations together. He liked relaxing days spent at Harvey’s Lake with Glenda, sitting on the deck soaking in the views and watching the hummingbirds.
From his infectious laugh, to his bear hugs, to his unique sense of humor—Bob loved to work hard, play with his grandson Oliver, and spend time with his family and friends. Husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend—Bob will be deeply missed by all and his memory will remain a blessing to everyone who knew him.
Bob is survived by his wife Glenda Iles; Terry Marie Deschler (daughter from a previous marriage) and her son Tim Deschler of Tavares, Fla.; Lindsey Karen Clarke (daughter), her husband Ryan Joseph, and grandson Oliver Robert of Haverhill, Mass.; and Nicholas Robert Iles (son) and his wife Kelley Andersen Martin of Portland, Ore.. The family is grateful for the love and support from Elaine & Emil Pollak, Ron & Meg Stafford, the community and church members, as well as too many wonderful friends and family members to list.
A celebration of life is planned for August 17 in Littleton; details forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Bob’s memory to Shining Lights Learning Center (fccshininglights.com) of Littleton Congregation Church.