PUNTA GORDA, FLA.

Robert John ‘Bob’ Sroka

May 10, 1926 – Aug. 4, 2011

Robert John ‘Bob’ Sroka died peacefully at Sandhill Gardens Retirement Residence in Punta Gorda, Fla., on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011.

Born May 10, 1926, in Stevens Point, the family moved to Waukesha shortly thereafter, where Bob was raised and then, in turn, raised his own family.

He attended grade school at St. Joseph’s Catholic School, then attended Waukesha High School.

Drafted into the Army after graduation, Bob served in World War II with the 84th Division Mechanized Reconnaissance unit. Returning to Waukesha after the war, Bob was hired as a draftsman by Waukesha Motor Co. He then married his high school flame, Gladys M. Inzeo. Later, he was hired by Wisconsin Motor Co., where he was eventually promoted to project engineer. When Wisconsin Motors was bought by Teledyne in 1976, Bob was hired by Harley-Davidson, where he worked until he retired in 1989. After retirement, Bob and Gladys built a house in and moved to Deep Creek, Fla. Here, they engaged in the usual retirement activities of the time and traveled the country visiting friends and relatives who had scattered to the four winds, too.

Bob is survived by his son, Kurt (Susan); nieces, Wendy Holden and Sharon Hines (Donald; and David and Ben Hines and their respective families.

Bob was preceded into eternity by his parents, John and Martha; his youngest son, Jack; his sister, Eleanor Kisor; and his wife, Gladys.

A well attended memorial celebration of Bob’s life was presented by Kurt and Susan at Sandhill Gardens Retirement Residence. Bob’s ashes were scattered (as were Jack’s and Gladys’ before him) on Kurt and Susan’s northern Wisconsin acreage with Kurt and Susan and Sharon and Don Hines of Wyoming in attendance.