Robert Fronek, 91, of Wood, SD passed away on Friday, May 4, 2018 at the Pine View Good Samaritan Center in Valentine, NE.
Funeral service were held on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Wood Community Hall in Wood, SD. Burial followed in the Winner City Cemetery. Bob was born on Nov. 21 1926, in Lynch NE to William and Julia (Angel) Fronek, lived in the Lynch and Spencer NE area for a few years until the family moved to South Dakota in 1941 Bob graduated from Mission High School in 1945. It was always Bob’s highest priority to attend every high school reunion, often times cutting short a vacation so he could be home to attend the class reunions.
On Sept. 8 1952 Bob and Mary (Maulis) Fronek were married. To this union 5 children were born. Jerry, Wayne, Kay Massingale, Tina Marie and Lyndon Fronek
Bob loved to visit and tell jokes; he made a lot of friends throughout his lifetime. To Bob there was never a stranger, if he didn’t know someone he had no problem walking up to them and start up a conversation
Bob spent his life farming and ranching. His hobbies were socializing and attending farm auctions. Although Bob worked many long hours farming/ranching, Bob and Mary traveled a lot, whether it be to the many Golden West conventions they attended or family reunions. They always had their bags packed and ready to go.
He was a South Dakota Brand inspector for 33 years. He was a director on the Golden West Telecommunications board for 32 years. He made several good lifetime friends while serving on the board.
In 1981 a new adventure began – he became a grandpa for the first time. He enjoyed spending time doing things with Tandi and helping her get into mischief. He was a father figure to several neighborhood kids, nephews and nieces, family were very important to him. He enjoyed telling stories of his youth and driving around old family homesteads looking for treasure, sharing the history of the land, buildings and those who lived there.
Bob is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary, children; Jerry Fronek, Kay (Bill) Massingale and Lyndon Fronek, granddaugher Tandi Massingale of Sioux Falls and grandson Jace Koskan of Wood
Bob was preceded in death by his son Wayne, daughter Tina Marie. Parents William and Julia Fronek, his twin brother Ronald and sister Donna Nibblelink.