Robert R. Kassik
Oct. 2, 1941 – Oct. 19, 2019
Robert Ray Kassik of Milligan passed away unexpectedly at Bryan Health East Campus on Oct. 19, 2019, at age 78. He was born Oct. 2, 1941, to Frank W. Sr. and Emma A. (Suda) Kassik on the Charvat farm west of Milligan.
Robert graduated from Milligan Public School in 1959. He began work for Farmers Cooperative in Milligan on June 1, 1960. On Jan. 13, 1964, he went into active duty with the army and tested artillery in Germany. He was discharged Jan. 14, 1966, returning to his job at Farmers Cooperative. He began his career in the grain and agronomy departments, driving the propane truck and then moving indoors as assistant manager and eventually branch manager. He was with Farmers Cooperative for 48 years until his retirement in September 2008.
He married Marjorie Halama on March 7, 1975, at the Milligan United Methodist Church. To this union, two daughters were born, Karie Lynn and Stacey Jo. He lived his entire life in Milligan, serving the community in many ways. He was on the Milligan School Board from 1983 to 1998 and served as secretary. Robert was a lifetime member of the HSSK American Legion Post 240. In November 2018 he was honored with a Quilt of Valor.
He pitched for the Milligan men’s softball team and enjoyed golfing, but he especially loved bowling. Bob and Marge bowled on mixed leagues, and he looked forward to bowling on Wednesday nights with the guys on the Kassik Milling bowling team. On Dec. 29, 2000, he bowled a perfect 300 game at Friendly Lanes in Friend, believed to be the first in the alley’s history. He also enjoyed playing poker, especially at the annual Suda Christmas gathering. He was nicknamed “Vejce” (Czech for “eggs”) because following a night out with the guys he always told everyone to go to the Hilltop Café for “vejce.” He enjoyed spending his spare time on jigsaw puzzles and computer games.
Robert was blessed with a beautiful voice. He began singing for funerals and weddings in high school and continued for almost 50 years, singing songs in Czech as requested.
Bob and Marge enjoyed attending all of Ethan’s school and church activities, basketball games, baseball games and 4-H events. Ethan and Grandpa were close, referring to each other as “best buddy” while Ethan’s classmates affectionately referred to Bob as “Grandpa Fedora.” Bob and Marge also enjoyed babysitting and spending quality time with Carter and Alice. He was proud of his three grandchildren. Everyone has always expressed how positive he was, never seeing him without a smile and a friendly greeting or visit for all.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Frank W. Sr. and Emma A. (Suda) Kassik; sister and brother-in-law, Eleanor and Louis Matthies; brothers, Donald Kassik and Frank W. Kassik, Jr.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph and Evelyn Halama; and infant niece, Joy Matthies.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Marjorie of Milligan; daughter, Karie Jobman of Beatrice; daughter and son-in-law, Stacey and Jim Muff of Crete; grandsons, Ethanael Jobman and Carter Muff; granddaughter, Alice Muff; sisters-in-law, Nori Kassik of Lawton, Oklahoma, and Margaret Kassik of Milligan; cousin, Richard (Judy) Kassik of Milligan; nieces, Mary Jo Fountain of Lawton, Oklahoma, Kathy (Tom) Gillmore of Lincoln, Karen (Dean) Filipi of Milligan, Karla Kassik of Lincoln and Lorie Ann (Scott) Pinkham of Minden; nephews, Paul (Jeannie) Kassik of Shickley, Perry (Judy) Kassik of Friend, Louis Matthies of Geneva and Robert (Janet) Matthies of Hastings; and many cousins and friends.
A funeral service was held Oct. 23, 2019, at the Milligan Auditorium, with the Rev. Murry Johnston and the Rev. Mark Schutt presiding. “Hymn Of Promise” by Blake Burroughs, “Amazing Grace” by Susan Boyle, “The Lord’s Prayer” by Robert R. Kassik and “I Dreamed A Dream” by Susan Boyle were played. Casketbearers included Robert Matthies, Louis Matthies, Jr., Perry Kassik, Paul Kassik, Bryce Kassik and Brent Kassik. Honorary casketbearers were Richard Kassik, Dean Filipi, Scott Pinkham, Tom Gillmore, Ethanael Jobman, Carter Muff and Alice Muff. A military graveside service by the Milligan American Legion HSSK Post 240 was at the Bohemian National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the family for later designation. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.farmerandsonfuneralhome.com.