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 www.heafeyheafey.com 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.