Robert B. Reade

Robert B. Reade

October 4, 1942 – September 12, 2022


Preceded in death by parents, Robert and Alta; sister, Alice Ann Olson. Survived by wife, Carolyn; sons: Robert Christopher (Debra), Cory (Angela), Chad (Jessica); grandchildren: Sarah, Allison, Emily, Caitlin, Madeline, Olivia, Jacob, Drake, Mia, Ian.

VISITATION: FRI Sept 16, 5:30-7:30PM, West Center Chapel. FUNERAL SERVICE: SAT Sept 17, 11:00AM St Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church, 285 S. 208th Street, Omaha, Nebraska. In lieu of flowers, the family would request memorials to St Augustine of Canterbury Church, C.O.P.E. (Christian Outreach Program of Elkhorn) or the charity of your choice.

The family would request family and friends send letters or notes of your memories of Bob so that his memory may last forever.  Notes may be sent to 21516 Arbor Street, Elkhorn, NE 68022 or


Robert “Bob“ Reade was born Sunday, October 4, 1942 in Lincoln Nebraska to parents Robert Herbert Reade and Alta (Hawk) Reade. He passed peacefully into God’s eternal glory on Monday, September 12, 2022.

Although born in Lincoln, at an early age Bob moved with his parents and sister Alice Ann, who was 10 years his senior, to Plattsmouth. After graduating from Plattsmouth High School in 1960, Bob attended the University of Nebraska Omaha. During his time at UNO, he worked nights at Eppley Airfield, kindling his interest in flying that would later blossom into a pilot’s license and Bob running the Millard Airport. More importantly, while at UNO, Bob recruited Carolyn Jean Williams to a ski trip and his love of skiing. Carolyn became the true love of his life and his wife of 53 years.

In 1976, Bob purchased Total Marketing and for the next 45 years built his business alongside Carolyn, representing plumbing manufacturers. Over the years, Bob and Carolyn not only worked together but also employed several people who would become like family. His work required frequent travel; but Bob’s heart was always at home.

Bob’s greatest pride and joy was at home with his three sons: Chris, Cory, and Chad. Bob served as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader including a trip to Philmont Scout Ranch. Bob coached his boys inbaseball and soccer; Bob taught his boys to play tennis and golf. Bob shared his love of music by playing the guitar and having his boys sit on the back of the couch singing with him. Bob was always a big supporter of family, sharing his passions but encouraging them to pursue their own. Bob was always in the front row for games, tournaments and shows. Bob was devoted to family time from boating the Missouri to ski patrol with his sons at Crescent to Saturday morning breakfasts.

A very important part of Bob’s life was his love of the mountains, with skiing in the winter and the beloved Colorado cabin in the summer. Bob visited the Rockies yearly as a child with his parents who then built their family cabin. Like the cabin, Bob built wonderful memories for those around him. Bob’slove of his cabin and family was a cornerstone of his life.

Bob’s love of his boys sprouted into his love of his ten grandchildren: Sarah, Allison, Emily, Caitlin, Madeline, Olivia, Jacob, Drake, Mia and Ian. From the moment Sarah was born, and in increasing measure with each grandchild, Bob was always proudest and happiest when surrounded by his grandchildren.

Bob found joy in his friendships, organizations and affiliations as S.O.B. (Sweet Ol’ Bob). Bob held a long harbored love for Corvettes which grew into membership in the Cornhusker Corvette Club (and the need for extra garages). Bob became a loyal member of Rotary. Finally Bob’s faith grew with his family and led to him building his spiritual life with Saint Augustine’s of Canterbury which allowed him to share faith, love, friendship, compassion and charity. Bob enjoyed quietly dedicating himself to lifting up those around him. His heart and spirit was as a man of service, character, strength and fortitude.

We shall all terribly miss Bob, but we have wonderful memories of the special times that we had together and celebrate the community of family, friends and faith that Bob brought together.



  • Duane Hamilton Posted September 14, 2022 2:38 pm

    Carolyn and family, so sorry for your loss. The loss of a loved one is so difficult at the time but it’s so important to remember that Bob will be waiting for you on that day when we will all be in the loving arms of Jesus. That’s a promise in God’s word so until that day we must surround ourselves with the love of our family and friends. Continually in our prayers, Duane and Pat Hamilton

  • Pamela Hearron Posted September 14, 2022 3:52 pm

    Carolyn, Christopher, Cory, Chad and families., Jake text me about Bob and I was so sorry to hear the news. Jake also text what a great group of friends we had on Marinda Street and I was thrilled he remembered and hopefully creates that good stuff in his life now too. Sending all my love your way.

  • Jody Tomanek Posted September 14, 2022 5:55 pm

    Carolyn and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was such a great person and a great friend to my dad. He will be missed!

  • Verdel L Noe Posted September 14, 2022 6:36 pm

    Love and prayers to Carolyn and to all of Bob’s family in this time of loss.

    Verdel and Sandy Noe, Grand Island NE

  • Ervin Gunderson Posted September 14, 2022 6:48 pm

    Carolyn and family, sorry for your loss. Always enjoyed being around Bob. Enjoyed his easy going spirit , and him saying so on and so forth. Alway a gentleman will be dearly missed.
    Heavens gain out loss but only till we meet again May God comfort you at this time

  • Jon Hirz Posted September 16, 2022 12:24 pm

    Carolyn and Family, I am sorry to hear of your loss. Went all through grade and High School with Bob. A bunch of wonderful memories about him. My prayers to your whole family at this most difficult time.

  • Mike Horn Posted September 16, 2022 1:45 pm

    We are very sorry to here of Bob’s passing.

  • David Cappell Posted September 17, 2022 9:33 am

    What a loss for us all. All the memories, good times, and especially get togethers are there to comfort us. We are so sorry for your family’s loss, and hope that God’s care will bring you comfort.
    Dave and Annie Cappell

  • Paul Bohannon Posted September 22, 2022 2:24 pm

    So sorry for your loss. He was a great man. I have good memories with racing with him with the Corvette Club. May you mind comfort in all the great memories you have.

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