About Robert Everett Eiland:
Name: Robert Eiland
Precinct number: 010
Estimated precinct locality: San Antonio,
Residence: San Antonio, Pasco, Florida
Estimated birth year: 1933
, , Florida
Race or color (on document): White
Race or color: White
Collection: Florida State
Clewiston News - May 18, 2005
Robert Everett Eiland, 72, a retired Metro-Dade
Police Department Officer from 1960-1986, passed from this earth to be with our Lord on May 5, 2005
at his home in Lakeport. He was born in Brooksville on September 10, 1932 to John and Grace (Storch)
Eiland. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp from August 1949 to December 1952, as radio operator in the
Korean Conflict and received the UN Service Ribbon and Good Conduct Medal and was recently honored with
a medal in appreciation by the Korean-American Cultural Foundation for protecting our freedom, the United
States of America which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Korean War. While serving in the Marines
at Quantico, VA he was selected to represent the military in a recruiting documentary film. He was a
lifetime member of the Disabled America Veterans Association, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
his retirement most of his adult life was spent in Miami as a police officer with the Metro Dade County
Public Safety Dept., beginning as a patrolman, later he spent several years in the Organized Crime Bureau
and also a Port of Miami detective. During his off duty schedule he was a personal bodyguard for George
D. Widener of the Hialeah racetrack.
Upon his retirement he relocated to Lakeport where he and
his wife, built their "Shangri-la" dream home. His enjoyment was bass and fly fishing and guiding his
many friends around Lake Okeechobee. Another recreation he got pleasure from was fowl hunting and he
was an expert marksman.
Robert enjoyed teaching adult Sunday School and Bible Studies previously
at Maple Grove Baptist Church in Lakeport and most currently as a member of Buckhead Ridge Baptist in
Mr. Eiland was predeceased by his parents, John and Grace Eiland, brothers, Harold
"Bud" Eiland, George Eiland, infant brother, Billy Eiland, sister Selma Sharon, great grandmother Krystle
Abrare, and great-grandson Kyle Fogg.
Survivors include his wife, Nita; daughters, Bobbie (Gilbert)
Cartwright of Loesburg, Karen Eiland of Ocala, Debra (Ronnie) Campbell of Key West, Donna (Greg) Staab
of Perry, Cathy Lauderdale of Ft. Pierce, step children, Major Brent (Jeenie) Abare of Korea, Scot (Wendy)
Abareof Cabot, VT, and Heidi Abare of Sterling, MA, second father to Cladwick Wagner of Cooper City,
Dick Brown of West Palm Beach, Dr. Hunter Brown of Boca Raton and Bobby Thompson of Okeechobee, 15
grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, sisters Lilian Ullrich of San Antonio, Kathlean Singleton
of Pensacola, sister in law Mae Eiland of Shreveport, LA as well.