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
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
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
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.
"http://honoringmemories.com">honoringmemories.com to obtain
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.