Robert E. Bruckner, Ed.D.

Robert E. Bruckner, Ed.D.

October 18, 1946 – May 13, 2021

 VIGIL SERVICE observing CDC guidelines: Monday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 5801 Oak Hills Drive; family will receive friends for Celebration of Life immediately following the Vigil Service.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m. at the church.  Interment: Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your favorite church or school/district.  For live broadcasts of the Vigil Service and Mass, go to and click the “View Live Cast” button on our home page.


Bob was preceded in death by his parents James and Frances Bruckner, and brother Jim Bruckner. Survived by wife of 30 years, Martha; sons Gus (Ali), Andy (Aimee); stepsons Grant Novak (Katie), Kevin Novak (Dawn); siblings Mike (Cindy), Lori; grandchildren Haley (Zach) Rogers, Alex Bruckner, Jackson (Veronica) Bruckner, Bob (Avery) Bruckner, Noah, Grace, and Ava Bruckner, Maggie, Ben, and Nathan Novak; great- grandson Beau Bruckner; former spouse (Judy Baldwin); cousins, nieces and nephews and many caring friends.

Bob was a long-time educator, beginning as a teacher in Westside Community Schools. After a brief time as a principal in Ft. Dodge, Iowa, Bob returned to Westside and, over time, served as principal at Hillside, Loveland, Oakdale, Prairie Lane, and Sunset Hills Elementary Schools. In 1997, he was named National Distinguished Principal representing the State of Nebraska. He retired from Westside in 2008 as Director of Elementary Education.

Bob loved golf, weekly coffees with his good friends, and traveling with family and friends.  After retirement he put his previous welding training to use by creating beautiful artistic designs. He had an artist’s eye and loved designing and re-designing beautiful spaces in his home and yard.  When his health halted his ability to work with metals, he turned his attention to cooking, always eager to try something new.

Bob fought an incredible battle against numerous health challenges, supported by many skilled medical professionals who admired his determination to keep pushing forward. He will be forever remembered as a kind, caring, interesting, smiling man who loved life and his friends and family.




  • Tony Bruckner Posted May 15, 2021 10:36 am

    As I scrolled through your photos on Facebook I could only think of the beautiful memories you must have of a life well lived but taken to soon..
    God Bless
    Tony & Laura..

  • Bob Patterson Posted May 15, 2021 10:06 pm

    We are sorry for your loss.

    Jane and Bob Patterson

  • John and Becky Bruckner Posted May 16, 2021 4:59 pm

    We are sorry for your loss. We had great fun when we were kids.

  • Del Prindle Posted May 17, 2021 6:17 am

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Certainly our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Bob Lykke Posted May 17, 2021 7:13 am

    Martha, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. You both gave so much to children and to the education profession.

  • Gina Malloy Posted May 17, 2021 12:11 pm

    Martha, I am so very sorry for your loss. I loved Bob from the moment I met him at your welcome reception when you became superintendent. Eventually becoming his neighbor gave us all a chance to get to know what an interesting, caring and funny person he was. I always admired the way you talked about him with such love and tenderness. Thinking of you and your family.

  • Sally Ganem Posted May 18, 2021 1:11 am

    My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. You are both admired school leaders and I am grateful for the times our life paths crossed and will remember the good times. With love and prayers for you during this difficult time,

  • Paul and Mary D’Angelo Posted May 18, 2021 7:42 am

    Martha and family,
    Very sad to hear about Bob. What a great guy. We will miss him.
    God Bless you and your family, Paul and Mary D’Angelo

  • Barry Stark Posted May 18, 2021 9:05 am

    Dear Marth,
    I am sending prayers & thoughts on Bob’s passing…
    May your thoughts include what a tremendous impact he (& certainly you!) had on so many students, families & colleagues.

    May you find comfort in knowing that Bob & you have made positive differences in others’ lives.

    Sending love & condolences…

  • Marianne Santi Dopheide Posted May 18, 2021 9:17 am

    Dear Martha and family,

    I was sad to see Bob’s obituary this morning. I met Bob the first year I taught at Underwood Hills. He was so kind and friendly. He had a great sense of humor and he was always happy. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Westside Community Schools Human Resources Department Posted May 18, 2021 9:47 am

    Sending out thoughts and prayers to comfort your family during this difficult time of mourning.

    Deepest Sympathy,
    Westside Human Resources

  • Pat Lotspeich Posted May 18, 2021 9:49 am

    Martha, Thinking and praying for you and your family and wishing cherished memories to bring you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  • Scott and Sandy Wegner Posted June 9, 2021 11:44 am

    Martha, we are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We hope a time will come when grief is replaced by all the fantastic memories that you two have made together. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

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