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Robert Jedlicka

October 5, 2017
Emmetsburg News

Robert "Bob" L. Jedlicka, 81, of Solon, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Solon. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.

Robert was born Jan. 24, 1936 in rural Solon, he graduated from Solon High School in 1955 where he was the captain and first homecoming king of the modern era Solon football team. He married Ruby Cochran in 1958 at the Shueyville United Methodist Church.

Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army and served two years in Friedberg, Germany. After returning home in 1960, Bob learned the electrical trade from Nate and Paul Moore at Nate Moore Wiring in Iowa City where he worked for over 20 years. He then became the Public Works Director for the City of Solon and finished his long career in his 70s enjoying every minute with his friends at South Slope Telephone Company.

Bob was a long time member of Solon United Methodist Church, where he served on many committees, and was elected to the Solon City Council for several terms. He worked with community leaders to establish the celebration known as Solon Beef Days.

Bob thrived on the times he could both motivate and tease his grandchildren and his many nieces and nephews. He loved helping them work together on a project. He always had "a project" going with family or friends involving wiring or building. Bob was genuinely interested in other people and so he was blessed with so many friends. He truly valued working his entire life and admired hardworking people. But he also was quick to celebrate life with a drink, a good meal, and laughter. Bob found solitude in "going to the timber" to hunt deer, cut wood, or just drive on a path. His greatest life struggle was his wife Ruby's journey into dementia. But the special CNAs and health care staff at the Solon Nursing Care Center provided him much needed support and relief.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Ruby, of Solon; two daughters Renee Jedlicka (Tony Stubbs) of Emmetsburg, and their two children, Jacob and Maddie; Roxane (Miles) Patton of Sioux City, and their two children, Jessie and Miles; and a son, Rick (Terri) Jedlicka of Solon and their three children, Rob, Charlie, and Jeannie. He is also survived by his four sisters, Evelyn Langlas of Williamsburg, Irene Wears of Solon, Shirley (Jerry) McAtee of Solon, and Kathleen (Richard) Beuter of Carmel, Indiana.

Memorial contributions may be given to the Solon Retirement Village Foundation to install an electronic door lock, because as Bob said, "We've got to do something different with that damn thing."

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