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Photos at the time Bob our Wonderful teacher was our Hero “Bob opened the world for me in 1954. with the introduction of books and the wonderful world contained by them. I started reading books by the...Read More »
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“I had the pleasure of knowing Bob in his later years. A wonderful man who was always friendly to me. Under his guidance I always got my share of...Read More »
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“Been hunting yearly with Bob for almost 30 years. Gonna miss him by golly. ”
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“I met Bob several years ago after being invited out with the BHC group. Being a city guy the way Bob described things always made me smile. One of...Read More »
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Robert Charles Travnicek was born September 10, 1928 to Joseph and Frances (Rubin) Travnicek in a rock house near Tyndall, SD. He was raised on a farm and enjoyed high school football. He graduated from Tyndall High School in 1946.

Robert continued his education at Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, SD and played football for the college team. He taught school in the Tyndall area during which time he married Betty Ruth Addy on August 22, 1948. They purchased a farm south of Dallas, SD where Bob continued to teach country school while farming. He enjoyed teaching the country school kids and made many fond memories of recess, field trips, and fishing trips with them. Off school hours he was a 4-H Leader. Their only child, Gary Lee, was born on September 4, 1952. After 13 years of teaching Bob began to farm and dairy full time.

Many years were spent hosting pheasant hunters for Meadow Brook Pheasant Acres, a business that they owned and operated during a time which they acquired many special friends. During the 1960's, 1970's, and early 1980's they operated Meadow Brook Kennels, shipping puppies all over the United States. Bob worked at Cenex installing irrigation systems and with the agronomy department. He was a Tripp County Weed Supervisor, a Gregory County ASCS field man, and Federal Crop Adjuster. In his later years, Bob sold seed corn.

Bob enjoyed music and dancing very much. He spent many years singing in the church choir and played his harmonica and accordion for dances and social events in the community.

Bob was the happiest around his family. His son, Gary, his three grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren were the highlight of his life. A family holiday was never complete without duck, potato dumplings, sauerkraut, and apple pie!

In 2012, Bob began to decline in health and entered into Avera Rosebud Country Care Center in January 2013. After frequent relapses in health, the Lord called him home May 3, 2015 at the age of 86.

A genuine warm, loving man will be missed by all…especially his Big Loving Smile….

Robert is survived by his wife, Betty Ruth of TLC, Burke, SD; his son Gary and daughter-in-law Janice of Dallas, SD; three grandchildren Chad (Mikki) Travnicek of Granite City, IL, Kay (Rich) Weller of Gregory, SD, and Troy (Suzy) Travnicek of Singapore; eight great-grandchildren: Desiree, Shannon, Wyatt, Logan, Emilee, Lexi, Landen, and Colton; one sister Betty (Bob) Gray of Rapid City, SD; brother-in-law Alva (Sandra) Addy of Spearfish, SD; one nephew Mark (Lorraine) Ober of Wagner, SD; and one niece Lisa Hansen of Evanston, WY; one uncle John Rubin of Galesburg, IL; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Frances (Rubin) Travnicek and his in-laws Alva and Nellie (Brumbaugh) Addy.

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Funeral services for Robert Travnicek were held Friday, May 8, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Burke, SD with Pastor David Schmidt officiating. A prayer service was held Thursday evening at 7 p.m. at Kotrba-Smith Funeral Home.

Music was provided by Barbara Schoenefeld, organist. Congregational hymns were "Amazing Grace," "The Old Rugged Cross," "I Know That My Redeemer Lives," "In Christ Alone," and "Beautiful Savior."

Janice Schweigert and Bev Rubel were in charge of registration.

Casket Bearers were Kenneth Rotter, Jerry King, Vernor Kerner, Doug Bender, Curtis Kerner, Rich Rubel, Bob Wetzler, and Mark Ober.

Honorary Casket Bearers were his grandchildren Chad Travnicek, Kay Weller, and Troy Travnicek, and the great-grandchildren Desiree, Shannon, Wyatt, Logan, Emilee, Lexi, Landen, and Colton.

Burial was in the Hillview Cemetery, Dallas, SD.