Robert Carl Hoernke

August 16, 1940November 18, 2018
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Trinity - Robert (“Bob”) Carl Hoernke died peacefully, surrounded by family, on November 18, 2018 at Hospice Home at High Point. He was born on August 16, 1940 in Milwaukee Wisconsin.

After serving in the U.S. Navy on the USS Glennon, Bob attended Arizona State University and later was employed by Western Electric. His employment took him to North Carolina where he raised his children, and eventually worked for and retired from AT&T, after its merger with Western Electric.

Bob is survived by his life partner Joan Kulikowski of Archdale, North Carolina, daughter Wendy Spears and husband Tim of Burlington, North Carolina, son Scott and wife Kathy of McKinney, Texas, son Grant and wife Karla of Burlington, North Carolina, and son Lance of Whitsett, North Carolina. Bob also leaves his sister Elaine Crabtree of Arlington, Texas, nephew Bryan Hoernke of Payson, Arizona, and grandchildren Megan, Blake and Isabel Spears, Zoe, Sean, Isaac, and Eli Taylor, Tyler and Seth Hoernke, Brooke Hoernke and twins Aidan and Ariel Hoernke.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Dorothy Hoernke, and his brother William (“Bill”) Hoernke.

A Celebration of Life will be held on November 24, 2018 from 12:00-2:00 at Sechrest Funeral Service, 120 Trindale Road, Archdale, NC.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the North Carolina Maritime Museum.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Hoernke family.


  • Arthur Hoernke, Father
  • Dorothy Hoernke, Mother
  • Joan Kulikowski, Significant Other
  • Wendy Spears, Daughter
  • Scott Hoernke, Son
  • Grant Hoernke, Son
  • Lance Hoernke, Son
  • Elaine Crabtree, Sister
  • Robert is also survived by 12 grandchildren as well as many extended friends and family.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, November 24, 2018

Robert Carl Hoernke

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William Prentice

November 21, 2018

I first met Bob back in the mid 90's when the model club got started at the Maritime Museum, in Beaufort. Every year at the Wooden Boat Show Bob would come to Beaufort the day before the show to help put up the make shift pool for the radio controlled boats. Bob had lots of R/C models of US Navy ships and loved to let children run the ships around the pond.

Bill Mitchell

November 21, 2018

I met Bob thru our common interest in ship modeling. It was always amazing to see his work and to watch his remotely-controlled ships out on the water. He was always full of knowledge about each ship and very willing to share with everyone. Bob will be missed by everyone and especially by those of us in the ship modeling community.

Paul Kulikowski

November 20, 2018

I’ll miss Bob’s visits to Connecticut with Joan. His calm manner, dry wit, and awesome skills at the slot machines will long be appreciated and remembered.

Joey Joyner

November 20, 2018

Oh what fun we had running the boats. Im 62 years old and he still call me kid...He will really be miss. It won't be the same. See you again one day my friend.

Michael Glover

November 20, 2018

Mr. Bob.

This is what we all called him. He may be gone but never forgotten. We all loved running ships in the Rocky Mount City Lake with him. He will be truly missed. I can still hear the Navy music coming from his van as he arrived at the lake.
Mr. Bob may you sail on with the wind at your back and may Christ Jesus be your final destination.

We miss you Mr. Bob!

Mike Glover

Charles Huet

November 19, 2018

Charles Huet

November 19, 2018

I enjoyed sailing model warships with Mr. Bob at City Lake in Rocky Mount. Mr. Bob would always bring donuts and help anyone that needed advise on their model. We were all happiest when we were running our models. I will alway remember Mr. Bob's smile at the lake. His spirit will sail on at City Lake whenever we run one of his ships there. I will miss my friend very much.