Robert “Bob” Joseph Leydet

December 7, 1934 - July 9, 2022

12/07/1934 - 07/09/2022

Robert “Bob” Leydet, 87, of Chesapeake, VA, passed away in the comfort of his home with his bride of 66 years, Joan, by his side.

Bob was born in Lenox, MA, and left to enlist in the U.S. Navy where he worked his way up to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3. He was most proud of this service to his country. He was a volunteer Firefighter with the City of Virginia Beach in his early retirement.

In his later years, he still traveled the U.S., just no longer on a ship. He had many adventures traveling with his wife and grandchildren. One memory his grandchildren fondly share is that Grandpa could make the stoplights turn green on command during their travels.

Bob always knew how to break the ice with strangers using his wonderful sense of humor.

In addition to his parents and siblings, Bob is preceded in death by his firstborn, Karen Becker.

Survivors left with a great hole in their hearts are Joan Leydet, his bride. His children Pam Lee, Brian Leydet, Steven Leydet, Debbie Rhodes and Valerie Leydet. Bob leaves 11 cherished grandchildren, 10 great- grandchildren, his oldest, dearest friend George Parks, many nieces and nephews and his dog Tiny.

A celebration of life service with military honors will be held on Saturday, July 16, at 2:00 pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Chesapeake.  For information and to express condolences to the family, visit

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s dear memory to Navy Marine Corp. Relief Society,

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walter m crogan
6 months ago


Mike and Judy Navarro
6 months ago

Steve, Belinda, and family-
We are so sorry for your loss. Hold tight to those wonderful memories that you have.
Our thoughts are with you.

Chanee Diggs VWC
6 months ago

Valerie, I know you will miss your Dad very much. Especially your lunch time phone calls during the work week. I would like to extend my prayers and condolences during this difficult time to you and your entire family.

Signa Owens
6 months ago

I worked with Bob at L&N many years ago. He was always hard working and had a great since of humor. Prayers for his family.

Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
6 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 Joseph Leydet, 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 Joseph Leydet, 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 †

Kristen Lineberry Starks
6 months ago

Very sorry to hear this news of Bob, he was a character forsure! We love you guys!

Bednar Theresa
6 months ago

My sincerest condolences Joan and Debbie and family. Heaven has a new Angel. You are in my prayers💖

Sam Morris (Bednar)

Virginia Phair
6 months ago

To my extended Leydet family. I’m sorry for uncle Bobs passing. We all have so many memories of us all at Nan and Gramps.

Faye Mange
6 months ago

Aunt Joan and family, so sorry for your loss. Keeping everyone in my thoughts and prayers. Love to all!

kathy danylin
6 months ago

Aunt joan and family so sorry for your loss. Prayers and hugs Kathy Danylin