Robert “Bob” Bruce Upton was born Oct. 1, 1952, in Lincoln to Wilbur “Bill” and Rosemary (Daugherty) Upton and passed away peacefully on Nov. 11, 2020, in Lincoln at the age of 68 years, 1 month and 10 days.
Bob grew up in the Lincoln area where he attended and graduated from Lincoln Northeast High School with the Class of 1971. After school, Bob enlisted into the Nebraska Air National Guard on Feb. 19, 1972. Bob served in Operation Desert Shield from Dec. 10, 1990, to May 26, 1991. He was honorably discharged on May 27, 1991. Bob attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1973 and then began working at Goodyear for the next 40 years. On Oct. 28, 1977, Bob was united in marriage to Lois Ann Piening at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Pleasant Dale. Bob loved spending time with his family, especially his three grandchildren. In his younger years, he enjoyed golfing, hunting, gardening and snow skiing. Bob was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Pleasant Dale.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Rosemary Upton; parents-in-law, Arthur and Lueda Piening; and two brothers-in-law, Tom Cebuhar and Lyle Piening.
Bob is survived by his wife, Lois Upton; son and daughter-in-law, John and Anika Upton, Milford; three grandchildren, Matyx, Alexis and Adriana Upton; three sisters, Susan and husband Jim Lawrence, Casa Grande, Arizona, Donna Cebuhar, Green Valley, Arizona and Rhonda Upton, Lincoln; and his special dog, Boo.
A graveside service and inurnment is at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the Pleasant Dale Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Upton family for future designations. Condolences may be left for the family at www.zabkafuneralhome.com.