Robert Earl Hejkal
June 26, 1925 – June 4, 2019
Robert E. Hejkal (Bob), 93, of Ankeny, formerly of Cedar Rapids, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at MercyOne in Des Moines. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 14th at 2:00 p.m., at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (1400 Inspiration Pl SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404). Memorial gifts can be directed to either the American Heart Association or the National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids. Bob was born on June 26, 1925 in Cedar Rapids, to Joseph and Clara (Stritesky) Hejkal. He was raised there and graduated from Roosevelt High School in Cedar Rapids. Following school, Bob enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps on July 11, 1943. He was a radio operator mechanic gunner during WWII. He served in the Pacific Theater and attained the rank of Sergeant. He received four bronze stars during his service and was honorably discharged on January 9, 1946. Following the military, he went to Tri State College in Indiana where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering. Bob was united in marriage to Ann Bennett on June 5, 1949 and they welcomed five children. Bob worked as a mechanical engineer, retiring in 1978 from Bourns. He enjoyed his winters as a snowbird at the Aladdin Villas in Mission, Texas for over 30 years. Bob was very proud of his Czech family heritage and was a Legacy Society member of the National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids. He was also a member of VFW in both Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, the American Legion and Elks Club. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was a devoted Iowa Hawkeyes fan. He enjoyed ballroom dancing, and especially the polka or waltz. He continued to dance until a few weeks before his passing.
Bob never met a stranger and was loved by everyone that knew him. He was known for his deep commitment and love for his family and countless friends. Left to remember Bob are his children: Robert (Lois) Hejkal Jr, Yuma, Arizona; Randy (Clark) Melohn, Ankeny, Iowa; Holly (Ed) Goodall, Ames, Iowa; Joseph John Hejkal, Ames, Iowa; and Tina (James) Morris, Gainesville, Florida; nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins. Robert was preceded in death by his wife, parents and one sister, Lorraine.
National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library
1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Robert Earl Hejkal
June 17, 2019
I worked with Bob at Bourns in the mid 60’s. My wife Paula and I have many fond memories of visiting the Hejkel farm, weekends with Bob and Ann at Holiday Lake, many road trips in the Hejkel motorhome to Iowa football games at bome and away, and fishing trips to Canada. He will surely be missed but is now with his beloved Ann.
June 12, 2019
Dear Robert Hejkal family, As Commander of the Cedar Rapids VFW Post 788 I'm saddened to learn of Robert's passing. As a member Robert stopped in to visit VFW Post 788 and me a few weeks ago. We always enjoyed visiting with him. He was always cheerful and very pleasant to vsist with. On a personal note Robert and I would exchange a little Czech greetings when he visited. He also new of my relatives. He was a greet man. Thank you for his World War II service and being a member of VFW Post 788. We will miss him. Rest in Peace Soldier and may God Bless you. Gary Dusil Commander VFW Post 788
June 11, 2019
So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. Love and prayers from the Auman family.
June 9, 2019
What a wonderful guy. We often danced together & I adopted him as my dad. Fly high my friend
June 8, 2019
I have such fond memories of Bob and Ann and the whole Hejkal family and our vacations together. I never saw my parents as happy as when they were with Bob and Ann. I can still hear the laughter. Sending love to the whole family. What a life well lived.
June 8, 2019
Bob was one of a kind.His smile and laughter was infectious. We will always cherish the wonderful visits to the farm in Iowa.I love you and you are sorely missed by all
June 8, 2019
Just found my new cousin 2 weeks ago while working on our Hejkal family tree. I had such a nice conversation with him about family. Prayers to his family.
June 7, 2019
So sorry to hear of Bob's passing :( he was just in our office on Friday afternoon. He was such a great guy and we loved to hear all his stories, of traveling to Mission Texas to get out of the cold :) He will be missed