Robert W Driskell, MS CM (SS), RET.

December 26, 1945 - September 4, 2023

12/26/1945 - 09/04/2023

Past Services

Saturday September 09, 2023
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Chesapeake Chapel
929 Battlefield Blvd S
Chesapeake, VA 23322
(757) 482-3311 | Directions
Funeral Service
Saturday September 09, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Chesapeake Chapel
929 Battlefield Blvd S
Chesapeake, VA 23322
(757) 482-3311 | Directions

Robert W Driskell, MS CM (SS), RET., 77, lost his battle to cancer on Sunday, September 4, 2023. He was born December 26, 1945 in Washington, D.C.  Bob was raised in Newark, NJ where as a bored, restless, and heading for trouble teen he enlisted in the Navy in 1962.  After completing bootcamp, he opted to join the Submarine Force.  His first command, the diesel boat, USS Bugara SS-331, entered the Tonkin Gulf on the first war patrol of the Vietnam War.  Bob went on to serve on the USS C. Pulaski SSBN 633, USS Lafayette SSBN 616, USS G. P. Lysocomb SSN 685 and USS JC Calhoun SSN 630.  His shore command included Dam Neck, RTC Orlando as a Company Commander, Navy Food Management Team, Command Master Chef, Navy Food Service Systems Office, and the SUBIANT Force Food Service Master Chief.  Along the way Bob earned a Business degree from Columbia College and a Culinary degree from Johnson and Wales.  Retiring after a 30-year career, Bob worked for Saunders Provision Company and SYSCO Foods. He was predeceased by his first wife, mother, and stepfather.

Bob is survived by his wife of 30 years, Susan, a pack of fur babies, numerous in-laws, cousins and dear friends. In lieu of flowers, please support the Chesapeake Humane Society.

The family will receive friends on Saturday from 10-12pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home – Chesapeake Chapel, 929 S. Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake. A funeral service with full miliary honors will follow at 12pm. Bob will be laid to rest at Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton. Online condolences may be offered at

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Amber Graham
7 months ago

Bob was a great man and huge animal lover. He showed nothing but kindness to his friends and family and was extremely compassionate to animals. He is very missed and knowing him was a blessing. Sue you’re an awesome neighbor and are in our thoughts and prayers.

Edwin Salomonsky
7 months ago

My condolences go to Susan and family. Bob was a good person and I appreciated his knowledge and sales and establishing a good relationship with Saunders Provision to the U S Navy & Coast Guard.
May he rest in peace and his memories be a blessing.

David Luca
7 months ago

Rest in Peace my brother. We will miss you.

HMCS (Ret) James Luedtke
7 months ago

Rest In Peace Brother!

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
7 months ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,

 May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Robert W Driskell, MS CM (SS), RET., give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.

I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.

My thoughts

and prayers to the family of ….

US Navy Veteran, Robert W Driskell, MS CM (SS), RET., is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

7 months ago

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so very sorry.