Bob Stanek

April 9, 1937January 31, 2013

Mr. Robert “Bob” Stanek of Marietta passed away January 31, 2013. Bob was born in Chicago, IL on April 9, 1937 to the late Frances and Walter Stanek. After his graduation from William Howard Taft High School, he went to the University of Illinois and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architectural design. He lettered in track while in college. He enjoyed running throughout his life, running in 4 marathons, including the Marine Marathon in Quantico, VA. After college, Bob served in the Marine Corps and was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam from 1963-1964. He survived being shot down twice. Bob often said “The best 5 years of my life were my 5 years in the Marines”. He flew for Delta from 1964-1994. Bob was a car collector and belonged to numerous car clubs. He leaves behind his brother, Donald W. Stanek and his wife Rose as well as many friends. A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 11:00am at the Catholic Church of St Ann. Interment will follow a reception at 2:30pm at Georgia National Cemetery. The visitation will be on Tuesday from 6:00-8:00pm at H.M. Patterson & Son Canton Hill. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions in memory of Bob to either Vietnam Veterans of America,, 5879 New Peachtree Rd, Doraville, GA 30340 or Toys for Tots,, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA 22172.


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 5, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, February 6, 2013

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Erica Beltz

February 28, 2014

May your light shine bright in those who are missing you.

March 27, 2013

Come on Bob, just one more trip to Germany.I can't go without the Mayor of Sindlefingen....M. P.Boden {DAL ret.}

Dave Johnson

February 21, 2013

To all of Bob's family and friends - my sincere condolences.... I just found out about his passing. Bob and I ran many miles together throughout the years - cycled many miles as well. We shared a love of antique cars and the Marine Corp. Guard those streets well, my friend... Semper Fi.

Dave Johnson

Gary Goldstein

February 10, 2013

Bob Stanek: You will be greatly missed at the French Car Club of Atlanta monthly meetings and the Caffeine & Octane gatherings. Your M.G., your FIAT, your VW's, and your Citroen 2CV were just spectacular.
God bless you, thank you for your military service, and by all means , please R.I.P.
It was an absolute PLEASURE meeting you and enjoying the cars that you and I both love.

Gary N. Goldstein
The French Car Club of Atlanta

Dan Gentz

February 8, 2013

Will never forget you. Miss you on Sunday's - you always kept me laughing. You are in our prayers.

kitty willett

February 7, 2013

Bob was one of my favorite pilots. He always had a great smile. Thanks for years of great trips at Delta. May the Lord bless your family in the days ahead as they miss you, Capt.Stanek. In Christ.Kitty Willett retired Delta Flt. Att.

Elizabeth Stanek

February 7, 2013

No words can truly depict the joy and happiness, you, Bob, and brother, Don, brought to both Harry and I these many years. Now that you are again reunited with my beloved, may you both continue to rest in love and peace in the arms of our dear Lord. Auntie Betty

Tom Peace

February 7, 2013

Bob, I know your flight West ended in Gods' palm. I knew you as a Delta pilot, a more than acquaintance, but moreover, as a fellow artist. (You were better than I) I send my best wishes and condolences to all who loved you. You were an inspiration and good person.

Tom Peace MD-11 Capt Ret.

Reid Burton

February 6, 2013

Cousin Bob, I was very young when I met you but I remember my grandfather, Harry Stanek, speaking of you often. I appreciate the attention you and brother Don have given my grandmother all of these years. As a Marine I thank you for your service and the risks you took to medevac our brothers in Vietnam. Semper Fi.

Thad Kirk

February 6, 2013

So sorry to hear about Bob. I enjoyed talking cars with him and the grey FIAT at our Fiat club conventions. Always a welcoming nice guy.