Robert E. Pettit
Nov 27, 1927- Jan 8, 2018
Robert E. “Bob” Pettit was born on November 29, 1927 in Lincoln NE to A. Joe Pettit and F. Dora Madsen Pettit. The family moved to Omaha in 1928 and started their own business, “Acme Rug Cleaners.” Bob went to Park School and graduated from Tech High in 1945. He worked for an electrician for a year and then went into the family business where he worked for more than 46 years until his retirement. In June of 1948 Bob and Patti were married at Hansom Park United Methodist Church. They had three children: Roger, Marilyn and Peggy; and eight grandchildren: Matthew Pettit, Pollyanna Koechner, Michael Pettit, Jeff Kirchner, Sarah Moffat, Scott Kirchner, Nathan Burke, and Megan Burke; 15 great-grandchildren. Bob and Patti were married almost 67 years until her death in 2015.
Bob was very active in Masonic organizations. He was in DeMolay and became a Master Mason. Bob was active in several units of Tangier Shrine, Cycle Patrol, DeMolay Knights, and Jo-De-Ra Cavailers. Patti and Bob had been members of Briardale/Countryside Congregational Church since 1963.
Woodworking had always been a passion of Bob’s. Since retirement he made furniture for his home, children and grandchildren. His extra garage became a fully functional shop for his hobby. Bob and Patti enjoyed traveling and went on many trips. He also enjoyed golf, gin rummy, and bridge. He will be missed by his family, but he was ready to reunite with his wife, parents, family and friends which have gone before him.
He is survived by son, Roger Pettit (Roxy); daughters, Marilyn Kirchner and Peggy Burke White; grandchildren: Matthew Pettit (Jamie), Pollyanna Koechner (Doug), Michael Pettit (Melissa), Jeffrey Kirchner (Heather), Sarah Moffat (Robert), Scott Kirchner (Katie), Nathan Burke (Deborah), and Megan Burke; 15 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Friday, Jan. 12th at 12noon at the West Center Chapel followed by FUNERAL SERVICE at 1pm. Private Interment at Westlawn-Hillcrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Tangier Transportation Fund.