Hillsboro – Bob Dalke, 70, died February 18, 2019 in Hillsboro. He was born September 22, 1948 at Goessel, Kansas. Survivors include: sons, Alex (Justine) Dalke of Colby, Nolan (Jessica) Dalke of Manten, N.C.; daughter, Hannah Dalke of Haven, KS; parents, Fred and Doris David of Hillsboro; brothers, Russ Dalke of Castle Rock, CO, Scott David of Tampa, KS; sisters, DeVon Kelley of Derby, KS, Helen Hagen of Hillsboro, Kris Pschigoda of Hillsboro; 6 grandchildren. Celebration of Life Service 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 1 2019 at The Hillsboro United Methodist Church in Hillsboro officiated by Pastor Darren Frazier. Family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Memorials to Hillsboro American Legion Scholarship Fund in Care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, KS 67063. Online condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com
Life Sketch Taken from the Funeral Bulletin
Robert “Bob” Lee Dalke was born September 22 1948 in Goessel Kansas to Robert and Doris Dalke. They resided in Hillsboro Kansas where Bob attended Kindergarten through 12th grade. In 1960 he was baptized at the Evangelical United Brethren Church.
Bob grew up the oldest of 5 kids in a neighborhood that called themselves the Birch Street Gang, playing until dark until he heard the familiar whistle his mom blew telling him it was time to come home. Bob was an avid collector of comic books and baseball cards. He was a Boy Scout and earned many badges. While in High School he was active in Key Club, Drama Club and sports.
At the age of 11, Bob had to grow up fast with the sudden passing of his father. He accepted the responsibility to help care for his younger siblings. Six years later his mom remarried Fred David and in time another sibling was added to the mix. Bob would say “What’s one more?”.
Upon graduating from High School he purchased an MG Midget Convertible and took a road trip by himself to California with the thought of meeting up with the Beach Boys or possibly finding a California girl. His goal was to make it all the way with the top down. He would have to chuckle when it would rain a little and cars would pass him on the road with the strangest looks on their faces, waving as they drove by. Upon arriving in California and having met his goal of never putting the top up he looked in the mirror and had to laugh. When removing his sunglasses he looked like a racoon with a dirty and sunburned face. He never met the Beach Boys or found that California girl… guess he was “California Dreamin'”.
In 1968 Bob and a couple of friends enlisted in the United States Navy following in his father’s footsteps. He was active duty and deployed during Vietnam.
After his military service was over, Bob moved to Emporia where he attended Emporia State University as well as working a couple jobs. It was in Emporia that he met Janice Green. They were married on August 4th, 1984. After moving to Hutchinson for a couple of years, Bob and Janice finally settled in McPherson. They had 3 children; Alex, Nolan and Hannah.
Bob worked for the State of Kansas Workforce Investment board for many years. He had a passion for bringing jobs to the state of Kansas. He also taught computer courses through Hutchinson Community College.
In 2014 Bob moved back to Hillsboro. He was an active and proud member of American Legion Post 366. He loved telling stories to anyone who would listen. He was passionate about music and loved playing “Name that song”. Bob always enjoyed a good laugh. He was always willing to help anyone out with anything, even if it was a task that someone much younger should have been doing.
Bob was preceded in death by his father, Robert Dean Dalke.
Bob is survived by his sons, Alex (Justine) Dalke of Colby, Nolan (Jessica) Dalke of Manteo, N.C.; daughter, Hannah Dalke of McPherson; grandchildren, Laura, Juliette, Lucas, Heidi, Jacob, Jase; parents, Fred and Doris David of Hillsboro; brothers, Russ Dalke of Castle Rock, CO, Scott David of Tampa; sisters, DeVon Kelley of Derby, Helen Hagen of Hillsboro, Kris Pschigoda of Hillsboro.
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