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Robert E. HajekCELEBRANT
Fr. Joe Forcelle
Organist ~ Marcene Kniffen
Processional Hymn ~ “Here I Am, Lord”
Offertory Hymn ~ “Amazing Grace”
Communion Hymns ~ “How Great Thou Art”
“Ave Maria” ~ Soloist, Kathy Koenig
Recessional Hymn ~ “This is My Song”
Accordion Music by Eleanor Mikolash
PALLBEARERS ~ Robert’s Granddaughters
Cassie ~ Ellie ~ Mary ~ Chris
CASKETBEARERS ~ Robert’s Grandsons
Bob ~ Dusty ~ Matt ~ Eric ~ Philip ~
James ~ Michael ~ David ~ Stephen ~ Luke
Robert Edward “Bob” Hajek was born on November 18, 1922 at Tyndall, South Dakota to Frank and Vlasta (Rehurek) Hajek. He attended country schools through the 8th grade and graduated from Tyndall High School in 1939. He attended Southern State Normal at Springfield, and taught rural schools for three years. In 1944, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy Air program, and served until his honorable discharge in 1946. He married Lucille Marek on October 6, 1947 at St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Tyndall. They farmed south of Tyndall until 1957, when he accepted employment at Security State Bank in Tyndall. He greatly enjoyed his career at the bank, and the close relationships he had with his colleagues and many customers. He retired from the bank in 1996, and remained on the board until 2011.
Bob served his community in many ways. He served as City Treasurer for nearly 40 years, as Commander of Pike-Wagner Post of the American Legion, Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, President of the Tyndall Rotary Club, and for 60 years, as President of the WFLA (ZCBJ) Lodge. He served as Treasurer of Tyndall Community Pool, Bon Homme Country Club, the Tyndall Veteran’s Memorial, and many other community organizations. Bob delighted in music and sang in St. Leo’s Choir from 1947 forward. He loved to play his trombone, was a member of many polka bands over the years, and performed regularly until a few weeks before his death. In his earlier years, Bob also loved playing amateur baseball as a third baseman for the Tyndall Arrows, later managed the team, and announced games for several years.
Bob was deeply grateful for the service of veterans. He was also a devoted fan of the Minnesota Twins. So it was a joyful moment in his life when on April 28, with 38 of his family members standing beside him, he raised the U.S. Flag in front of a capacity crowd at Target Field in Minneapolis.
Bob passed away on Monday, July 8, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Society of Tyndall at the age of 90 years, 7 months and 21 days.
Survivors are sons Don (Michele) and Doug (Anne) of Sioux Falls; daughters Cynthia (Mike) Gorman of Yankton, Karen (Jim) Kirk of rural Springfield, and Margaret (Todd) Kniffen of Williamsburg, Iowa; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; sisters Arlene (Don) Nelles of Scotland and Carol (Duane) Grimme of Yankton; and sisters-in-law Patsy Hajek and Audrey Hajek, both of Tyndall. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Lucille in 1991, his sister Mariana (Frank) DenOuden, and brothers Gordon and Leonard Hajek.
The family requests that memorials be directed to Good Samaritan North Point/Hospice.
I want to extend my most sincere sympathy to Don and Doug. Your dad was an outstanding gentleman and boy scout leader. I recall his patience in attempting to teach me how to tie a double knot. He was always so willing to take a minute to say hello and visit. He will be missed.
Jerry Wurtz Oct 31 2013 11:46 PM
I am very sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I have very fond memories of Bob throughout my childhood. I played piano for the Tyndall Rotary and he always had a smile and friendly comment for me after each weekly gathering. I enjoyed singing with him in the St. Leo's choir. He always took time to visit with me during my visits home from MN. May his voice sing with the angels in heaven. -Carolyn Gleason
Carolyn (Koenig) Gleason Sep 11 2013 9:16 PM
We were so sorry for your loss. Your dad was always such a friendly and nice guy, but we've really enjoyed getting to know him a little better the past few years at North Point. I enjoyed eating at the dinner table with my mom and the other residents. It was fun just to listen to the conversations, especially when your dad and Pete Szymanski would get going on something. They kept the conversation lively! We really enjoyed the beautiful polka music at the nursing home on June 6th. We were sitting bedside with our failing mom and enjoyed watching your dad and the others doing something they loved so much! We hope those loving memories will give you comfort.
Mike and Julie (Meyer) Heyl Aug 2 2013 3:38 PM
To high school classmates Don & Doug and the entire Hajek Family. Please accept our deep condolences regarding the passing of your father. He truly was a gentleman who gave so much back to his community and family. His life is to be celebrated. Ken & Joan
Ken & Joan Taplett Jul 21 2013 10:29 AM
We wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to your family on the death of your father. Few people have achieved the position of respect and high esteem which he enjoyed for so many years in his community. His absence will be felt by many for many years to come.
Bud and Mary Jo Schneider Jul 17 2013 8:25 PM
Dear Hajek Family, Your Dad was such a nice, kind gentleman. He left a wonderful legacy in his children and all he did for the community of Tyndall. My heart goes out to you for the loss of your Father and my prayers are with you. Bev (Wurtz) Wilson
Bev Wilson Jul 14 2013 6:40 PM
I met Bob in 1975 when I was just married and moved to Tyndall. My wife was working at the hospital and I was a student at Springfield, and working part time. I went to the bank to borrow some money. $100.00. For a guitar. Bob was introduced to me, we visited a bit, and he loaned me the money! A year later, I needed $600.00 to buy a motorcycle. I met Bob and,,, he loaned me the money! WHAT a gentle gentleman! Over the years I did see him on rare occassions, and he always asked how my family was, and was so interested in our lives. Bob will be missed, but I know he is with his Lord and Savior today, as he loved Him deeply. Prayers remain with his wonderful family in their loss. dan and trudye fosness
Dan Fosness Jul 12 2013 12:17 PM
What a kind amazing man Bob was! Whenever you would meet him there was a smile on his face. I can still see him playing his Trombone with Don Paul on the clarinet. They were true gentlemen. My heart goes out to you.
Gwen (Bovee) Van Gerpen Jul 12 2013 12:09 PM
My prayers are with you as you celebrate the life of a wonderfully kind man, your father, and mourn his loss among you. He was a great man and had a great woman at his side. I am so grateful to have known both of them. May he rest in the peace of Christ.
Sister Patricia Ann Toscano Jul 11 2013 2:43 PM
Our condolences to Bob's family. Bob was a great friend of our family and a patient of mine. His sense of humor and positive attitude towards life was truly refreshing. It was an honor and pleasure to have him as a friend all these years.
Herb & Linda Saloum Jul 11 2013 6:36 AM