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
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
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.