In Loving Memory of Robert McDonald Means
Robert McDonald Means, born to Charles McDonald Means Jr. and Marguerite Edwards Means on January 11, 1935, passed away peacefully at his home on October 13, 2023.
Bob lived a life rich in love, service, and knowledge. He was a devoted son, a beloved husband, a caring father, and loving grandfather. His journey began in Paris, IL, where he attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and served as an altar boy, nurturing the faith that would sustain him throughout his life. He graduated from Paris High School in 1953, setting the stage for a lifelong love of learning.
A proud veteran, Bob served in the US Navy as a radarman from 1956 to 1960, showcasing his dedication to his country at an early age. In November 1967, he married the love of his life, Aneida Louise Means, embarking on a journey of mutual love and support for over 30 years. Together, they weathered life’s challenges and celebrated its joys, creating a home filled with warmth, laughter, and boundless generosity.
Bob’s professional life was defined by his remarkable contributions to the Federal Aviation Administration, where he served as an air traffic control specialist and instructor at the Indianapolis Center for over 40 years. His dedication and expertise were unparalleled, earning him multiple prestigious awards, including the ATCA Air Traffic Controller of the Year Award and he was the only controller to win the President’s Award from the Aircraft Owner’s and Pilot’s Association (AOPA). His passion for learning, particularly history, was boundless, making him a walking encyclopedia and a master storyteller whose tales captivated all who listened.
Aside from his professional accomplishments, Bob and Aneida were known for their unending generosity. They opened their hearts and home to family members in need, extending their kindness to furry friends as well, rescuing and caring for numerous pets over the years.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Aneida, and granddaughter, Taryn Thacker. He is survived by his children Belinda (Greg) Thacker, Larry Hoover, Tonya (Scott) Clark, and Bobby Means. He will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Braden Thacker, Katie and Matthew Clark, Kyle, McKenna, Madilyn, and Isla Means, and great-granddaughter Adeline Thacker.
A devout Catholic, a dedicated Navy veteran, an outstanding professional, and above all, a loving family man, Bob’s legacy is not only in the awards he received or the knowledge he imparted but in the love he shared and the lives he touched. He will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Whether you knew him as Mr. Means, Robert or Bobby; Dad, Bob or Poppy; he was always happy to see you and made sure you knew it. He had a joke to tell you and a story you needed to hear – even if you didn’t know you needed to hear it. We are sure that last week, St. Peter was no exception.
Visitation will be 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 21, 2023, at Flanner Buchanan - Speedway at 2950 N. High School Road in Indianapolis. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11:00am at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church at 3354 W. 30th Street in Indianapolis.