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Robert F.
Dostalek

Dostalek, Robert F.
(Aka Mr. Softee, the ice cream man)

Found comfort and peace after a long battle with Alzheimers and Dementia on Monday, January 4, 2016. Bob had a rich, full life of 85 years that began on December 26, 1930. He was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin as the son of John and Iola Dostalek along with his brother James (Maggie) Dostalek and cousin, Dolores Janecky. He was a graduate of Park High School and married his sweetheart, Ruth Mae Bahr, a Horlick High School graduate. They began their married life in Kenosha but soon moved their family to Oak Creek, Wisconsin where they raised four children Robert (Laura), Susan (David) DeWitt, Richard (Lori) and Sandra (Daniel) Khoury. In addition to his many talents as a draftsman, designer and engineer, Bob also became an icon in Oak Creek as “Mr. Softee”, bringing joy and tasty soft serve ice cream to many Oak Creek and South Milwaukee families in the 70’s. While a resident of Oak Creek he also owned his own engineering firm, U-Con Corp. and was an active member of the Kiwanis and the American Legion Post.

Next to his family, Bob’s second love was sports, whether he was a boy on his own high school teams, the coach of his sons’ softball teams, an armchair quarterback or cheering on his grandchildren with their sports teams or other school events. Bob could always be spotted with a Team shirt or baseball cap. His favorites included his beloved “Cubbies” and Packers but he was happy to discuss any and all sports. He also loved golf and earned the nickname of Ollie for his unique style of rolling a bowling ball. Playing sports and talking sports with his family and friends was a true passion.

Bob was proud to have served his country as a Korean War veteran in the U.S. Army.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Ruth, his daughter, Debra, and a grandson. He was a loving dad to his children and very proud Grandpa of 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, a loving friend to Georgianna Schultz and her family, as well as many other special relatives and friends. He will be dearly missed.

The family would like to thank the members of Casa Del Mare (Kenosha), Cambridge Castle (Milwaukee), Heritage Court Memory Care (West Allis), and Vitas Hospice for the loving care Bob received during his battle with Alzheimers and Dementia.

Visitation Friday, January 8, 2016 at the funeral home from 4-7pm with a sharing of memories at 7 pm. Private interment at Graceland Cemetery, Racine, Wisconsin.

Heritage Funeral Homes
9200 S. 27th Street 414-761-2750
www.heritagefuneral.com

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Deborah Schultz and family

Deborah Schultz and Family..

Deborah Schultz and family

May I express my sincerest condolences to Bobby’s family.. You were certainly blessed to have such a wonderful father. He was such a sweet and kind human being.. We always had fun spending time with my Mom and Bobby whenever we’d come to visit. We have many happy memories of him and are very happy he was in our lives. RIP BOBBY… We love you.

LONI ASHBAUGH

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Maggie Dostalek

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Deborah Schultz and family

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Jean Janicki

In 1966, Tom and I moved into the little ranch home next door to Bob and Ruth in Oak Creek. It was probably minutes, before we all became fast friends. We were just 20 yrs old, with our first child, so Bob and Ruth took us under their wing and guided us along as new parents. I remember always laughing a lot and having the best time with them.

Bob never turned down a challenge. Tom, who was at the time 21, and Bob was 36, decide to race each other on foot. Bob was packing a few pounds (too much Softee ice cream), but was sure he could beat him, so off they went. I was bent over laughing watching Bob’s short legs go so fast. I don’t remember who won, it was probably Bob, but it was hilarious!

Bob was the best dad, husband, friend and neighbor anyone could ask for. Bob will always be in our hearts.

Our love, thoughts, and prayers go to Bob, Dick, Susie, and Sandy, and all of Bob’s family and friends.

Tom and Jean Janicki

Vickie Rainier

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Maggie Dostalek

Will miss you Bob It was fun doings some tailgating with you,and getting together for family gatherings,Your suffering is over now Jim and I love you very much R,I.P. dearestBob !

Jim Nadolny

So sorry for your loss. May God be with you at your time of need. Bev and Jim will always remember him at our daughter Rachel and Lee’s wedding such a short time ago. Please know we are thinking of the whole family in our prayers. with much love, Bev and Jim Nadolny

Sophie Vitek

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