Robert Frazee Buntain, 94, of SaddleBrooke, passed away May 30, 2014, fitting that as a WWII veteran he died on Memorial Day. He served under General Patton, 4th Armored Division throughout Europe and liberated concentration camps. He received a Presidential Unit Distinguished Badge and Citation, 45 Battle Stars, and a Gold Medal for Good Conduct. He is a WWII Honoree, and an interview with his daughter, Bonnie, of his war years is preserved in the Library of Congress forever. His wife of 72 years, June, living in SaddleBrooke, and his daughter, Dr. Bonnie June Buntain, a veterinary professor, survive Bob. He faithfully loved his family and provided well for them. Bob was a humble man born and raised on the State Game Farm in Forked River, New Jersey. They raised pheasants for hunting, but his passion was fishing and clamming. He met his first love, June, and they married before he was drafted into the Army. He served proudly for 3 years as a Sargent of the Mechanical Corps, keeping tanks and trucks running during the Battle of the Bulge. For his honorable service he received numerous awards and certificates. Upon returning to New Jersey after the war, his daughter Bonnie June was born in 1947. He built his own bay boat and named it the "Bay-Bee", and spent many relaxing and fun hours fishing with his wife, daughter and many friends and relatives on and around Barnegat Bay. In the 1950's the family moved to California where he ended up working at Edwards Air Force Base. In the mid 50's he accepted a Civil Service job on the small island of Kauai in Hawaii. He was responsible for maintaining the fleet of cars that transported the crews up and down the mountains to the new NASA tracking station in Kokee. He set up the electrical generators and managed the mechanical crew. Bob was instrumental in tracking the spacecrafts and astronauts of the Gemini and Apollo missions. A special award in 1968 was given to him and the ground support team for Project Apollo's first manned Saturn V launch and lunar orbit mission. He received a medallion made from metal from the first manned moon orbit by Commander Frank Borman. Bob continued to serve NASA's missions through Apollo 14. When not working in Kokee, Bob built another boat, the deep-sea cabin cruiser the "Bonnie June." He was a successful Hawaiian fisherman, catching marlin, tuna, mahi mahi, ono, and even a barracuda that bit his leg when pulled aboard ship! We all enjoyed the beautiful Na Pali cliffs, watching whales and dolphins, and learning about the local waters. Bob indulged his daughter's love for horses and even learned how to ride. After leaving the space mission in Hawaii, he accepted the Maintenance Supervisor position at the Steamboat Springs Ski Resort, this time running generators and maintaining ski lifts. He and June went back and forth enjoying their Steamboat and West Palm Beach, Florida, homes. They have been in SaddleBrooke, Arizona for 10 years. A Celebration of Life will be held 2:00 pm Sunday June 22, 2014 at Vistoso Funeral Home with U.S. Army Honors being performed.