Robert “Bob” Lee Cihak, 83 of Arlington, SD, died Sept. 22, 2022, in his home.
Funeral services for Mr. Cihak will be 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Arlington United Methodist Church in Arlington with Pastor Joleen Pietrzak officiating, burial will be at 3 p.m. at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery Mellette, SD. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, at the Johnson-Henry Funeral Home in Arlington and preceding services in the church on Saturday.
Robert (Bob) Lee Cihak was born at home in Chelsea, SD, on Aug. 29. 1939, to the parents Lody and Margaret (Bridenback) Cihak. He died at home on September 22, 2022 , after a battle with COPD.
Bob’s mother passed away when he was young, so many aunts and family members helped his father raise him. Bob and his twin brother, Ray, attended elementary school in Chelsea, SD, and joined the Air Force together in 1956. He served in Korea and served a great deal of time in Okinawa, Japan. He was Honorably Discharged in 1960. In 1961, he married Barbara Pullen and they had 2 children: Connie (Tony) Jackson-Young and Michael (Brenda) Cihak.
They divorced but remained close friends until the end. During those early years, he worked at Sears & Roebuck and attended two years of college in Texas.
In 1969, he moved the family to South Dakota to pursue his love of farming. Bob farmed near Arlington with his father until his father’s death in 1987. Bob loved driving truck, too. He worked for Alabama Pipe Trucking running team with Bill Ward while in Alabama, and later hauled livestock to supplement farming for Keiser Trucking and various other community trucking companies. After retiring from farming, he continued to haul grain for H & I Grain Trucking and for Greg Josephsen.
Bob was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Arlington, South Dakota. His faith carried him through two bouts with cancer, a stroke, heart valve replacement, multiple stints, and a strong will to live.
The last two decades he has shared his life with his love, Juiletia (Jo). They retired and enjoyed traveling. Bob was so proud of their RV and their winter life at Pioneer Park in Texas, spending their time with family and friends. He was known as a Texas Hold’em Champion. He shared his love of NASCAR racing, bowling, fishing and dancing with his daughter. He passed down his love of trucking, water skiing, and camping to his son.
Bob had a thirst for life, did what he wanted, and no one could tell him otherwise. He was strong, endless and never backed down from a tractor pull. He was gentle and kind, teaching his grandkids to feed the ducks, fish, hunt, ride 4-wheeler and bowl.
His laugh and memories are cherished by his love, Juiletia Sundberg of Arlington, daughter Connie (Tony) Jackson-Young and son Michael (Brenda) Cihak both of Covington, GA. Stepchildren Chip (Dayle) Sundberg, Lisa (Brad) Sapa. Grandchildren: Robert R. (Sherri) Jackson IV, Andrew (Kate) Jackson, Thomas (Stephanie) Jackson, Caley (Kristina) Jackson, Cahner Cihak, Riley Ritter-Cihak, Tristen Pearson, Whitney Sanders, Nathan (Rebekka) Sundberg, Ryan Sundberg, Hannah Sundberg, McKenzie Sapa, Nicholas Sapa. Great Grandchildren: Caitlyn, Ryleigh, Kian, Jace, Adelaide. Brother Emery (Shirley) Cihak, sister Joyce (Steve) McLaren, many nieces and nephews, along with many more friends that became family.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Lody and Margaret (Bridenback) Cihak, stepmom Lila Cihak, twin brother Raymond Cihak, sister-in-law Donna Cihak, grandson Matthew W. Jackson and great-grandson Robert Roland Jackson V.