Robert James Pazderka Col., US Army (Ret) Jul 16, 1928 Feb 1, 2015 Colonel Robert Pazderka (Retired) was a 1946 graduate of Creighton Prep High School in Omaha. A West Point graduate, he played football under Vince Lombardi. He served for 23 years in the United States Army with tours of duty in Korea and Vietnam. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the Army Commendation Medal. He joined the University of Nebraska in 1974 and became Assistant Vice President of Facilities in Lincoln, NE. In December of 1993 he retired after 19 years of service. He moved to Naples, Florida and enjoyed playing bridge, cribbage and golf. He spent his last years in Phoenix, Arizona. He is survived by 3 children and their spouses: Gregory Pazderka (Susan), Dr. Eileen Smith (Martin), and Robert Pazderka (Missy); 6 grandchildren: Nicole and Jenny Pazderka, Tyler and Dylan Smith, Sara and Brian Downs; close friend, Jackie Kim. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 54 years, Diane Lotz Pazderka; daughter, Mary Downs; parents, James and Frances Pazderka. The family will receive friends Friday, February 6th from 5pm to 7pm, with VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm, all at the West Center Chapel. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL Saturday, February 7th at 10:30am at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 4804 Grover in Omaha. Interment, Resurrection Cemetery with military rites by Millard American Legion Post 374 and VFW Post 8334. Memorials are suggested to St. Thomas More Catholic Church, Safe Harbor Animal Rescue, or Creighton Prep High School.
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