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Robert Novotny
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Robert William Novotny, 84, passed away peacefully on July 24, 2016, at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics after a brief illness. At his request, he was cremated and will be interred at a later date in the Shueyville Cemetery, near his parents. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the Shueyville Methodist Church, followed by a time of fellowship.
Bob was born Dec. 6, 1931, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Grace (Bowersox) and Fred Novotny. He lived his life in Shueyville, graduating from Shueyville High School with the class of 1950. He enjoyed attending yearly reunions with his classmates and the graduates from each year. He enjoyed reminiscing about events in his youth and beyond. He proudly served in the U.S. Army and was on active duty from 1952 to 1954, He finished out his eight years in the military with the last six years in the reserves. He had a plumbing/well drilling apprenticeship in Kansas City and joined his father in Novotny and Sons Well Drilling and Plumbing business. He loved his trade and drilled wells for numerous homes in Shueyville and the surrounding areas. Bob had an excellent memory and could recall names and events from years back. He was our local historian. He also enjoyed Big Band music (real music!) and in his younger years attended dances. Bob had a real knack for connecting with people of all ages. He could spark a conversation with the young and the old. Bob enjoyed golf, Hawkeye football and basketball and frequent dining out with his many friends as well as daily "coffee hour" with his neighbors. Friends calling or stopping by to visit also brightened his days.
He was preceded in death by his parents and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Bob is survived by his aunt, Helen Whiting of Waunakee, Wis.; and several cousins. His many close friends will miss his stories and time spent together.
Memorials if desired may be sent to the Shueyville United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice.
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Posted on Wednesday, 3 August 2016