Memorial services are pending in

Clarkson, Nebraska for Robert Anton Travnicek, who died peacefully

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 in Grove, Oklahoma after a short hospital

stay. He was only 26 days shy of his 90th birthday.


Bob (as he was known to all his

friends) was born on May 9, 1921 on the Travnicek family farm

located four miles west and 1 ¾ miles north of Clarkson, Nebraska.

His parents were Joseph and Vlasta (Kastanek) Travnicek, Sr. Bob

grew up with an older brother (Joe W.) and a sister (Arlene).


He received his elementary education

at rural District #42 in Colfax County, and graduated from Clarkson

High School in 1937.


On June 8, 1942, Bob enlisted in the

Army Air Corps. He served over three years in active military

service, part of which was spent overseas during World War II , in

Africa, Italy and France. He flew 68 missions over enemy territory

while in Europe and returned to the States on December 15, 1944. He

was a member of the 12th Air Corps, 86th Bomb Squadron, 47th Bomb

Group and his assignment was that of an engineer gunner on an A-20



Bob earned the rank of Staff

Sergeant and received the following decorations: Air Medal with 1

Oak Cluster, European, African and Middle Eastern Medal with four

bronze stars, Good Conduct Medal, and One overseas bar.


He received his honorable discharge

on October 8, 1945.


On June 29, 1945, he was united in

marriage to Dorothy Rose Aerl of Los Angeles, California, and after

Bob received his military discharge, they returned to Clarkson and

established their home on the family farm where he grew up. Bob and

Dorothy became the parents of four children: William Robert (and

wife Pat) of Omaha, Nebraska, Gary Edward (and wife Marian) of

Charlotte, North Carolina, James Michael (and wife Nancy) of

Columbus, Nebraska, and Jane Ann (and husband Michael Mennem) of

Omaha, Nebraska.


After Bob retired from active

farming in 1982, he was employed by Federal Crop Insurance

Corporation as a crop adjuster until 1991.


In the fall of 1991, Bob and Dorothy

sold their home and farm. On Thanksgiving Eve, 1991, they moved

into their new home in Grove, Oklahoma, where they continued to

live at the time of Bob’s death. Throughout his life, he and

Dorothy enjoyed traveling with their motor home, and fishing and

boating with friends and family. An accomplished carpenter, he

built furniture for family members and did extensive remodeling of

his homes.


Bob was a lifelong member of the New

Zion Presbyterian Church of Clarkson, Nebraska where he served as

Elder, Trustee, Usher, and Youth Fellowship sponsor. He was a

member and past president of the board of the directors of the

Farmers Union Co-Op Gas Company, director of the District #42

school board, 50 year VFW member and a past member of the American



Bob was preceded in death by his

parents, one infant sister, and his brother, Joe. Survivors include

his wife and best friend of 65 years and 288 days, Dorothy; his

four children, Bill, Gary, Jim and Jane; his twelve grandchildren,

Alyssa, Andrew, Brian, Eric, Erik, Jason, Joel, Joey, Kelli, Leah,

Missy and Sean; his sister, Arlene Novotny; his sister-in-law,

Dorothy Fechner Travnicek; and nieces, Judy Wolf, Joyce Kennedy and

Sharon Novotny.


The family requests that cash

memorials in lieu of flowers be given to Good Shepherd Hospice in

Grove, Oklahoma (where Bob received extraordinary care and comfort

for the last few months of his life) and/or to the New Zion

Presbyterian Church in Clarkson, Nebraska which was a formative

part of his family’s life.


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updated details on a memorial service being planned in Clarkson,

Nebraska in June or July.


Services are under the direction of

Worley-Luginbuel Funeral Home, Grove, Oklahoma.