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Robert LeaMond Tune

Male 1926 - 1973  (47 years)

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  • Name Robert LeaMond Tune  [1, 2
    Born 28 Sep 1926  Ovilla, Ellis County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    • Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935
      Name: Robert Lea Mond Tune
      Event: Birth
      Event Date: 28 Sep 1926
      Event Place: Midlothian, Ellis, Texas, United States
      Gender: Male
      Father: Robert William Tune
      Mother: Aletha May Stafford
      Certificate Number: 57248
      Digital Folder Number: 4687359
      Image Number: 00308
      Source Citation:
      "Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 Aug 2012), Robert Lea Mond Tune, 1926.
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 Nov 1973  Veterans Hospital, Dallas, Dallas County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 4
    • Cause of death: Myocardial Infarction-Complete heart block
    Buried 8 Nov 1973  Ovilla Cemetery, Plot A2-22, Ovilla, Ellis County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I6277  Carl
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2014 

    Family Betty Lou Clark,   b. 12 Jan 1926, Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1995, At home in Ovilla, Ellis County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 23 Oct 1945  Red Oak, Ellis County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Marriage license #6874

      State of Texas, County of Ellis
      Robert LeaMond Tune married Betty Lou Clark October 23, 1945 in Red Oak , Ellis County, Texas by Lynn H. McAlden.

      Recorded in Book 34, page 295 for Marriages in Ellis County, Texas on November 13, 1945
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    Last Modified 18 Jan 2014 
    Family ID F2228  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Bureau of Vital Statistics
      Birth Records of Ellis County, Texas
      Robert LeaMond Tune, born Tuesday, September 28, 1926 at 2:30 A. M.
      Attending physician, R. S. Payne of Dallas, Texas
      Recorded in Birth Records of Ellis County, Texas Volume 10, page 81.

      Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997
      about Robert Lea Mond Tune
      Name: Robert Lea Mond Tune
      Date of Birth: 28 Sep 1926
      Gender: Male
      Birth County: Ellis
      Father's name: Robert William Tune
      Mother's name: Aletha May Stafford
      Roll Number: 1926_0006
      Photocopy on file
      Source Information: Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005. Original data: Texas. Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997. Texas: Texas Department of State Health Services. Microfiche.

      1930 United States Federal Census
      about Robert LeaMond Tune
      Name: Robert Tune
      Home in 1930: Precinct 7, Ellis, Texas
      Age: 3 6/12
      Estimated birth year: abt 1926
      Birthplace: Texas
      Relation to Head of House: Son
      Father's name: Robert
      Mother's name: Letha
      Race: White
      Father's Occupation: Barber--owns shop
      Class of worker(father): Owner
      Residence: Ovilla
      Rent/home value: Owned with value of &800.00
      Radio Set: Yes
      Age at first marriage: single
      Parents' birthplace: Father--Texas; Mother--Texas
      Household Members: Name Age
      Robert Tune 37
      Letha Tune 28--Age at first marriage was 23
      Robert Tune 3 years 6 months
      Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 7, Ellis, Texas; Roll: 2327; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 41; Image: 511.0(15)
      Source Information: 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.

      1940 United States Federal Census
      about Robert LeaMond Tune
      Name: Robert Tune
      Home in 1940: Precinct 7, Ellis, Texas
      Age: 13
      Estimated birth year: abt 1826
      Birthplace: Texas
      Relation to Head of House: Son
      Race: White
      Father's Occupation: Barber--owns shop
      Residence: Ovilla
      Household number:153
      Parents Rent/home value: Owned with value of $300.00
      Parents' birthplace: Texas
      Household Members: Name, Age, Relation to head of house, Birthplace
      Robert Tune 47, head, Texas
      Letha Tune 38, wife, Texas
      Robert Tune 13, son, Texas
      Source Citation: Year: 1940; Census Place: Precinct 7, Ellis, Texas; Roll: ; Page: ; Enumeration District: 43; Image: Sheet: 8A 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2012.
      Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.

      Photocopies of records on file......
      National Personnel Records Center
      Military Personnel Records
      9700 Page Avenue
      St. Louis, Missouri 63132-5100
      National Archives and Records Administration

      Name: TUNE, Robert LeaMond
      Service Number: 358 26 83
      Rate: S2c V6
      Date reported aboard: 28 December 1944
      Present Ship or Station: ARM GRD SCH NAV REP BASE SAN DIEGO CALIF
      Ship or Station Received from: NTC SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
      Night Vision Test with Radium Plaque Adaptometer
      Pass: Yes
      Transferred this date to the Armed Guard Center (Pacific) Treasure Island, San Francisco, California for duty in an Armed Guard gun crew. Auth: BuPers Despatch 152007 dated November 1941.

      U. S. Navy Transfer Record 1
      25 January 1945
      Date received aboard: 26 January 1945
      New Ship or Station: Armed Guard Center (Pacific)
      Last Ship or Station: AG School NAV RPR BASE, San Diego, Cal.

      21 Aug 1945
      Copy of document on file--note that document states ethnicity.....
      California Passenger and Crew Lists, 1882-1957
      about Robert LeaMondTune
      Name: Robert Tune
      Arrival Date: 21 Aug 1945
      Age: 18
      Birth Date: Abt 1927
      Gender: Male
      Ethnicity: Irish-German (Irish)
      Nationality: U. S. A.
      Height: 6 feet
      Weight: 175
      Length of Service at Sea: 6 months
      Position in Ship's Company: S 1/c
      Shipped or Engaged: When: 01 June 1945; Where: Ulithi Atoll
      Whether to be discharged at port of arrival: No
      Whether able to read: Yes
      Ship Name: Laura Drake Gill
      Port of Arrival: San Francisco, California
      Port of Departure: Okinawa; Ryukyus via Saipan, Mariana Islands
      Archive information (series:roll number): IMUSACA1907:130174
      Source Information: California Passenger and Crew Lists, 1882-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2008-2011.

      Note about the Ulithi Atoll......
      From Wikipedia at
      Ulithi is an atoll in the Caroline Islands of the western Pacific Ocean, about 191 km (103 nautical mi) east of Yap. It consists of 40 islets totalling 4.5 km2 (1.7 sq mi), surrounding a lagoon about 36 km (22 mi) long and up to 24 km (15 mi) wide-at 548 km2 (212 sq mi) one of the largest in the world. It is administered by the state of Yap in the Federated States of Micronesia. Ulithi's population was 773 in 2000. There are four inhabited islands on Ulithi Atoll. They are Falalop, Asor, Mogmog, and Fedarai. Falalop is the most accessible with an air strip, a small resort hotel, gas dealership, store and one of three public high schools in Yap state. Mogmog is the seat of the high chief of Ulithi Atoll though each island has its own chief.

      Ulithi was a major staging area for the U.S. Navy in the final year of the Second World War. As the Second World War moved west across the Pacific, the US Navy required a more forward base for operations. The Japanese had established a radio and weather station on Ulithi and had used the lagoon as an anchorage occasionally early in the war, but had abandoned it by 1944.

      Ulithi was perfectly positioned to act as a staging area for the US Navy's western Pacific operations.[3][4] The atoll is in the westernmost of the Caroline Islands, 360 miles (580 km) southwest of Guam, 850 miles (1,370 km) east of the Philippines and 1,300 miles (2,100 km) south of Tokyo. It is a typical volcanic atoll, with a coral reef, white sand beaches and palm trees. Ulithi's forty small islands barely rise above the sea, with the largest being only half a square mile in area. However the reef runs roughly twenty miles north and south by ten miles across, enclosing a vast anchorage with an average depth of 80 to 100 feet (30 m). The anchorage was well situated, but there were no port facilities to repair ships or re-supply the fleet.[5]
      U.S. naval forces including carriers in the distance at anchor in Ulithi March 1945

      On September 23, 1944, an army regiment of the 81st Division landed unopposed, followed a few days later by a battalion of Seabees.[6] The survey ship USS Sumner surveyed the lagoon and reported it capable of holding 700 vessels. It became the undisclosed Pacific base for the major operations late in the war, including Leyte Gulf and the Okinawa operation. The huge anchorage capacity was greater than either Majuro or Pearl Harbor, and over seven hundred ships anchored there at a time.

      Note about the ship Laura Drake Gill
      U.S. Merchant Ships Participating in Pacific Theater Combat Operations and Engagements Earning Battle Stars
      Assault-occupation of Okinawa Gunto
      26 June 1945-30 June 1945

      Maritime Commission Hull Number
      Liberty Ship
      2943 - Laura Drake Gill

      Daddy had a photo of the ship S.S. Donald Macleay which also served from 10 May 1945-22 May 1945 in the Assault-occupation of Okinawa Gunto. It is also listed at

      Liberty ships
      Ship Name: SS Donald MacLeay
      Namesake: Donald MacLeay
      MC Hull No.: 2040
      Ship type: standard
      Laid down:12 June 1943
      Launched: 1 July 1943
      Fate : Scrapped 1967,_C

      U. S. Navy Record Transfer Record 2
      Date transferred: 24 February 1946
      Present Ship or Station: USN Receiving Station Shoemaker, Calif.
      Naval Air Station, Alameda, California
      Ultimate Destination & Duty: VR-2, NAS, Alameda, Calif., Furas ComNATS WesCo.
      Intermediate Reportings
      Reported: 26 February 1946
      Transferred: 07 March 1946; Transferred this date to Air Trans Ron FOUR for duty. Auth: NATSPAC OAK. P. O. 13-46 of 27 Feb. 1946
      Reporting-Ultimate Destination
      Reported at Air Transport Squadron Four
      Date & Time: 0800 3-8-46
      C. A. Keller Comdr. USN (HR)

      U. S. Navy Record Transfer Record 3
      05 June 1946
      Shoemaker, Alameda County, California
      5450 rn
      Name: Tune, Robert LeaMond
      Service Number: 358 26 83
      Rate: Slc
      Class: V6
      Present Ship or Station: Air Transport Squadron Four
      Transfer Record
      Date Transferred: 6/5/46
      Authority: ALNAV 395 45
      Ultimate Destination & Duty: Trans to US Naval Personnel Sep Cen, Shoemaker, Calif. for discharge
      Marks assigned upon transfer: Conduct: 40
      Records in man's possession: Service Record; Health Record; Pay record; Personal Effects
      G. R. Wachold-ENS
      Ass't Pers Officer

      Notice of Separation from U. S. Naval Service
      Serial #: 358 26 83
      Name: Tune, Robert Leamond
      Rank & Classification: Seaman 1/c V6 USNR
      Permanent Address: Rt. #2, Midlothian, Texas (Ellis County)
      Place of Separation: 5450 Shoemaker, California
      Character of Separation: Honorable
      Address from which employment will be sought: Rt. #2, Midlothian, Texas (Ellis County)
      Race: White
      Sex: Male
      Marital Status: Married
      U. S. Citizen: Yes
      Date and Place of Birth: 9-28-26 Ovilla, Texas
      Enlistment Date: 22 August 1944
      Date of Entry into Active Service: 20 September 1944
      Length of Service: 1 year, 9 months, 15 days
      Place of Entry into Active Service: Midlothian, Texas
      Qualifications, Certificates Held,, Etc.: Seaman 1/c, See rating description booklet. NavPers 15165.
      Ratings Held: AS, S2/c, S1/c
      Foreign &/or Sea Service: Yes
      Service Schools Completed: None
      Service (Vessels & Stations Served On): NTC, San Diego, Calif. 8 weeks
      AGC (Pacific)
      VR-2 NAS, Alameda, Calif.
      Kind of Insurance: NSI
      Effective Month of Allotment Discontinuance: 6-46
      Mo. Next Premium Due: 7-46
      Amount of Premium Due Each Month: $6.40
      Intention of Veteran to Continue Insurance: No
      Total Payment upon Discharge: $111.94
      Travel or Mileage Allowance included in Total Payment: $94.40
      Initial Mustering Out Pay: Paid
      Name of Distributing Officer: B. D. Pollock LT(JG) 520 001
      Remarks: Asiatic-Pacific
      American Area
      Victory Medal
      Point System
      Signature (By Direction of Commanding Officer):
      J. T. Ifft, Lieutenant USNR
      Name and Address of Last Employer: North American Aviation Corp., Grand Prairie, Texas
      Dates of Last Employment: 9-43 through 7-44
      Main Civilian Occupation: Dry cleaning
      Job Preference: Dry Cleaning
      Non-Service Education (Years Successfully Completed): Gram.: 8/ High School: 3
      Vocational or Trade Courses: Typing (H. S. 2 years) & Agriculture (H. S. 2 years)
      Off Duty Educational Courses Completed: None
      Date of Separation: 6-6-46
      Signature: Robert LeaMond Tune

      Daddy's Honorable Discharge Certificate reads as follows:
      Series C
      Honorable Discharge from the United States Navy
      This is to certify that Robert LeaMond Tune, a Seaman First Class USNR is Honorably Discharged from the U. S. Naval Personnel Separation Center, Shoemaker, California and from the Naval Service of the United States this 6th day of June 1946.

      This certificate is awarded as a Testimonial of Fidelity and Obedience.

      W. E. Martin
      Captain, USNR, Commanding

      No image available at Ancestry.......
      U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010
      about Robert Leamond Tune
      Name: R. Tune
      Gender: Male
      Birth Date: 28 Sep 1926
      Death Date: 6 Nov 1973
      SSN: 450300904
      Branch 1: NAVY
      Enlistment Date 1: 20 Sep 1944
      Release Date 1: 6 Jun 1946
      Source Information: U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
      Original data: Beneficiary Identification Records Locator Subsystem (BIRLS) Death File. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

      Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982 about Robert L Tune
      Name: Robert L Tune
      Birth Date: 28 Sep 1926
      Birth Place: Ovilla, Texas
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Residence: Rural, Ellis, Texas
      Father: Robert W Tune
      Mother: Letha Mae Stafford
      Age at Death: 47
      Death Date: 6 Nov 1973
      Death Place: Dallas, Dallas, Texas, USA
      Source Information: Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013.
      Original data:
      Texas Department of State Health Services. Texas Death Certificates, 1903-1982. iArchives, Orem, Utah.

      Texas Death Index, 1903-2000
      about Robert Tune
      Name: Robert Tune
      Death Date: 6 Nov 1973
      Death County: Dallas
      Gender: Male
      Marital Status: Single(Incorrect, was Married)
      Source Information: Texas Death Index, 1903-2000 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Original data: Texas Department of Health. Texas Death Indexes, 1903-2000. Austin, TX, USA: Texas Department of Health, State Vital Statistics Unit.

      Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976
      Certificate # 83342
      Name: Robert L. Tune
      Death date: 06 Nov 1973....5:08 P. M.
      Death place: Dallas, Dallas, Texas...Veterans Administration Hospital
      Gender: Male
      Race or color (on document): White
      Age at death: 47 years
      Estimated birth year: 1926
      Birth date: September 28, 1926
      Birth place: Ovilla, Ellis County, Texas
      Marital status: Married
      Spouse name: Betty Lou Clark Tune
      Father name: Robert W. Tune
      Father birth place: Texas
      Mother name: Letha Mae Stafford
      Mother birth place: Texas
      Occupation: Trophy Manufacturer
      Social Security Number: 450-30-0904
      Residence: Rural (Ovilla) Route 2, P. O. Box 258, Midlothian, Ellis County, Texas
      Cemetery name: Ovilla Cemetery
      Burial place: Ovilla, Ellis County, Texas
      Burial date: Removal on November 6, 1973
      Additional relatives: Informant: VA Hospital Records, Dallas, Texas
      Film number: 2242947
      Digital GS number: 4169226
      Image number: 1187
      Reference number: 1189
      Collection: Texas Deaths, 1890-1976
      Source Citation:
      "Texas, Deaths, 1890-1976," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 31 Aug 2012), Robert L. Tune, 06 Nov 1973; citing reference 1189, State Registrar Office, Austin, Texas.

      Social Security Death Index
      about R. L. Tune
      Name: R. L. Tune
      SSN: 450-30-0904
      Born: 28 Sep 1926
      Died: Nov 1973
      State (Year) SSN issued: Texas (Before 1951)
      Source Citation: Number: 450-30-0904;Issue State: Texas;Issue Date: Before 1951.
      Source Information: Social Security Death Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2010. Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.

      Photocopy on file
      Waxahachie Daily Light
      Wednesday 7 November 1973
      Page 8, column 5

      "R. L. Tune Rites Slated"

      "OVILLA--Robert LeaMond Tune, 47, a life-long resident of Ovilla, died Tuesday in the Veterans' Hospital in Dallas.

      Mr. Tune was born Sept. 28, 1926, at Ovilla and operated a trophy manufacturing company. He was a member of the Ovilla United Methodist Church and served in the U. S. Navy during World War II. He was a member of the IOOF Lodge, No. 195, at Ovilla, and was past district deputy grand master of the IOOF Grand Lodge of Texas.

      Funeral services are planned for Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Ovilla United Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry Sullivan of Fort Worth and the Rev. Richard Beaty of Ovilla officiating. Burial will be in the Ovilla Cemetery under the direction of Boze-Mitchell Funeral Home of Waxahachie.

      He is survived by his widow Betty Lou Clark Tune; two daughters both of Dallas; two sons of Ovilla; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Tune of Ovilla; and one granddaughter."

      Laid To Rest

      Robert LeaMond Tune
      S1 U. S. Navy
      World War II
      September 28, 1926-November 6, 1973

      Ovilla Cemetery
      Plot A2-22
      Ovilla, Ellis County, Texas


      Tread lightly, 'tis a soldiers grave,
      A lonely, mossy mound;
      And yet to hearts like mine and thine
      It should be holy ground.

      Speak softly, let no careless laugh,
      No idle, thoughtless jest,
      Escape your lips where sweetly sleeps
      The hero in his rest.

      For him no reveille will beat
      When morning beams shall come;
      For him, at night, no tattoo rolls
      Its thunders from the drum.

      Tread lightly! for a man bequeathed,
      Ere laid beneath this sod,
      His ashes to his native land,
      His gallant soul to God.

      Some of my memories of Gloria Jeanne Tune

      "Daddy taught me how to throw, catch and hit a baseball. I was pretty good for a girl! We had many baseball games in the pasture behind our home."

      "Sometimes when I think of him, I actually have the oddest memory of how he smelled when he came home from a day at work in his trophy manufacturing shop....a blend of sweat, wood, and what else I don't know. But it was the smell of my Daddy and is a good memory!"

      "I remember once in Ovilla a family was in need. The community came together, my father among the group, and bought bags of groceries and gave to the family."

      "One time when Daddy came home from somewhere, he opened the door and in walked a sailor in his white uniform. I imagine he was hitchhiking & Daddy gave him a ride."

      "Daddy taught me a very hard lesson in life. I was probably less than 10 years old & had a habit of biting the edges of Mama's tin measuring cups. How many I ruined I have no idea, but the last time I did that, Daddy told me he would tear up my Dick Tracy's baby girl doll. Guess I didn't believe him & bit up another cup; Daddy took my doll and destroyed it....I thought he was the meanest man in the whole world, but I never destroyed another thing, be it a tin cup or whatever. Mama told me years later that after destroying the doll, Daddy went outside behind the house and cried."

      "Daddy would come home from work occasionally and say "Mama, let's go fishing'. She threw things together so quickly, then we piled into the car & headed to Possum Kingdom Lake. Such fun!"

      "When I was young, but probably old enough to know better, my sister & I were playing around with the cigarette lighter in our parents' car. We'd hold it close to our hand, but not touching. So I decided to try it out on my little brother. Problem was, I actually touched it to his hand, whereupon he screamed in pain. I found my Daddy and Mama at the doctor's office, scared more for my brother than myself. I cried all the way home & went straight to bed. I thought for sure I'd get the spanking of my life, but Daddy said I'd suffered enough and thought I learned my lesson."

      "Daddy loved to make homemade ice cream and taffy. He helped throw some great socials in Ovilla, some of them down in our pasture....good food, music & lots of watermelons."

      "After a day of hard work at the trophy shop, Daddy & Mama would come home tired. Daddy would sit down in his chair in front of the television & of course Mama went to the kitchen to cook supper. Before long Daddy would ask Mama to bring him a glass of tea, which just made me so mad. I wanted to get that glass of tea for him and pour it over his head! Mama never seemed to mind though."

      "Daddy was the boss......period!"

      Meaning of Names

      English, Scottish, and French (also Scandinavian): one of the many French names of Germanic origin that were introduced into Britain by the Normans. This one is composed of the nearly synonymous elements hrod fame + berht bright, famous. It had a native Old English predecessor of similar form (Hreodbeorht), which was supplanted by the Norman name. It was the name of two dukes of Normandy in the 11th century: the father of William the Conqueror (sometimes identified with the legendary Robert the Devil), and his eldest son. It was borne by three kings of Scotland, notably Robert the Bruce (1274-1329), who freed Scotland from English domination. The altered short form Bob is very common, but Hob and Dob, which were common in the Middle Ages and gave rise to surnames, are extinct. See also Rupert. Cognates: Scottish Gaelic: Raibeart. Irish Gaelic Roib

  • Sources 
    1. [S359] Personal Family Information.

    2. [S364] Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997.

    3. [S372] Texas, Birth Certificates, 1903-1935.

    4. [S362] Texas Death Certificate.