Robert Truhlar, Sr.

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Robert John Truhlar Sr. (Bob), 85, of China Spring, TX and Lincoln, NE, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away at a Waco, TX hospital on January 25, 2014, with his wife, Sally Jo McLennan Truhlar, by his side. Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Wednesday, January 29, at Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel, 5201 Steinbeck Bend in Waco with Rev. Michael Copeland officiating. Burial at China Spring Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday evening 6:00 to 8:00 at Lake Shore Funeral Home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online Guest Book at

Bob was born Nov. 1, 1928 in Schuyler, NE to Czech immigrants Vincencie Martinek Truhlar and James Vaslav Truhlar. He attended schools in Schuyler and Hastings, NE. After graduation he attended Hastings College and graduated from Western Union Teletype and Management Schools in Crawfordsville and Vincennes, IN, he became a station manager for Western Union throughout the mid-west, the Dakotas, and Nebraska. Bob was known for his ability to type 120 words per minute without error. Associates recalled that he sent President Eisenhower’s speech at Mt. Rushmore to the press so fast and perfect that those receiving it thought it had been transmitted by machine. Bob continued his education at the University of Nebraska, and graduated from the Lincoln School of Commerce. He was employed at Kingery Construction Co., a large general contractor, for 22 years, first as a bookkeeper and then accountant. Another bookkeeper remarked that his books were the most beautiful she had ever seen.

Bob enjoyed a good joke, comedy, putting on firework displays on holidays, CB radio contacts, RC aircraft, metal detecting, all kinds of music, and travel. He and his family toured coast to coast in the U.S. and Canada on many vacations, visiting historic sites and landmarks. Bob and Sally Jo also took trips to Scotland, Ireland, and England.

He was united in marriage to Sally Jo McLennan in Waco, TX on June 18, 1960 and they made their home in Lincoln, NE until their retirement, sharing time between China Spring and Lincoln, travelling with their 4-legged family.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Edward F. Truhlar; and sisters Blance Truhlar Coplen, Libblie A. Truhlar, and Mary Ann Truhlar Biglin.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sally Jo; daughter, Mary Louise Truhlar Frauen and husband, Todd of Lincoln, NE; son, Robert John Truhlar, Jr., of Lincoln, NE; grandchildren, Shiloh Frauen of Portland, OR, Ian Frauen, Sierra Frauen and Sean Frauen of Lincoln NE; six nieces; three nephews; and a wonderful group of extended family, neighbors and friends.

Pallbearers will be Mike Cummings, Marvin Schutza, Burt Schutza, Laughlin Gordon, Jerry Garrett and Ricky Talbert.

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  1. Got bless you, Bob. You were one of the most genuine people I ever met. I remember our many laughs together. Rest in peace.

    Bod, Suzie and Noel

  2. Don Tucker (Bob Dolan Band)

    So sorry to hear about Bob. I always had a good time and enjoyed his company. Even after all these years I wonder how Bob and his family are doing. He knew how to tell a good joke and he knew how to make you feel at home. I remember him cooking on the grill in Lincoln for me and the boys. Lots of fun memories with Bob. He was a mans man. Tucker

  3. Janet Boatman Tucker


    I am so sorry that Bob has passed. I know you had a good life together and I will always be grateful that my mom got to be a part of your family also. My prayers go out to you and your family. Please let me know if you decide to have a gathering in Lincoln.

    Janet Tucker

  4. The passing of my Uncle Bob is such sad news, and my heart goes out to Sally, Bobby Jr., Marylou, and all the family. I will always remember him as a funny and fun-loving person who made family gatherings memorable and full of good humor! He was a kind, compassionate, and caring person.

  5. Ken &Angel Matthews

    You will be missed

  6. My deepest sympathy goes out to the Robert Truhlar Sr. family.

    We will always remember his fondness of telling a good joke as well as hearing one.

    I loved his many stories he would tell of his adventures as a youth.

    He may be gone but he will always be with us, especially when a good joke is told.


    The Ninneman Family of Lincoln Nebraska

  7. Dear Bob,

    I am so sorry to see your Dad’s obituary in the paper at work today. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I didn’t really know your parents, but I think I remember riding my bike over there one day looking for you and Tim and they were sitting out front in lawn chairs.
    Remember and cherish all the great, happy memories to help you get through your sorrow. If you need to talk, please know that I am here for you, just give me a call.
    My mom also sends her condolences and thoughts/prayers for you and your family.

    Mike Ellis

  8. Sally Jo, on behalf of The Daughters of The Republic of Texas let me say how very sorry we are for your loss. We pray for God to grant you peace and comfort in this very difficult time.
    Nancy Matlock
    Chaplain General, DRT

  9. Patsy&Lefty Hildreth

    Dear Sally Jo & Family, My prayers and thoughts go out to your family. If you have time when you get back to Lincoln sometime try and give me a call.

    Love,your friends

  10. Sally Jo and family: I read the Lincoln Journal-Star obit every day and saw your husband Bob in the listing today. Golly so much water over the dam since you lived above my folks Drugstore in Havelock. And I remember you guys were one of the few Lincoln people who ventured up to Burwell to my first wedding in 1958. And you took some wonderful film which I still share with my son Paul today. My very best to you and your family in this time of sorrow. You & Bob were special to my parents and to me. God Bless.
    Richard Baker Sun Lakes, AZ

  11. Rosemary & Lyle Hunt

    We were so sorry to read about Bob in the paper.
    We met Bob when we moved to Havelock. We had good times with Bob during the CB Radio days! He was such a fun and good guy. All our sympathy to Sally and your family.

  12. Sally and family,

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Peace be with you!

    Sally Edwards

  13. Sandy Coplen Bordeaux

    Aunt Sally Jo, Mary Lou, Bobby and family, our thoughts and prayers our with you at this time. Uncle Bob will be greatly missed and may your memories of him give you comfort in the days ahead.

  14. Thoughts and prayers going out to the entire Truhlar family. I grew up with Bob Jr. and have very fond memories of his father. Rest in peace Mr. Truhlar, you are missed.

  15. Sharon & Jim Eichelberger

    Sally & Family, We never really got to know Bob but enjoyed when you would stop by our house & chat when you were in town after being in Texas. It’s been good being a neighbor here in Lincoln. Working at Goodyear together seems so long ago now. Our sympathy is with you now that your husband & father have passed. Hope to see you when you are in Lincoln again.

  16. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks ahead. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

    Most sincerely, Susan Johnson, Chaplain Sterling C. Robertson Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas

  17. Vanessa (Ellis) Hanna

    Dear Bobby,
    My memories of you are through Tim so I don’t know of your family like he did. So I’ve enjoyed reading about your dad’s life. I am so sorry for your loss. May your father’s love and your shared family experiences continue to bless you.
    With sympathy,
    Vanessa Ellis Hanna

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