LEIGH — Robert Engelbart, 79, of Leigh, died Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, at St. Francis Hospital in West Point.
A funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Leigh. Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Kracl-Leigh Memorial Chapel and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Committal will be in Leigh Cemetery. Lunch will be served at the fairgrounds in Leigh. Memorials may be made in care of St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Robert was born July 9, 1937, in Platte County to Reinhold and Martha (Loseke) Engelbart. He attended grade school at District 43, graduated from Leigh Public School in 1955, and was active in the National Guard for eight years. Robert married Loretta Stepan on Sept. 30, 1961, at New Zion Presbyterian Church in Clarkson. Robert worked at the Leigh Farmers Co-op for 37 1/2 years and retired in 1999. He was a member of the Leigh Fire Department since 1962, and a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Leigh, Leigh FFA Alumni and Community Club. Has served on the church council, Village Library and Tri County boards. He was also a member of Blue Birds Across Nebraska, and enjoyed woodworking, fishing, hunting and farming. He enjoyed nature and helped build and monitor bluebird houses in the Leigh area. Robert loved to watch and feed the birds and squirrels. He enjoyed watching Husker football and volleyball and spending time with family and their many friends.
Survivors include his wife, Loretta of Leigh; two sons and their wives, Russell and Tina Engelbart of Norfolk and Roger and Lynn Engelbart of Malcolm; eight grandchildren, Whitney, Jarrett, Amanda, Casey and Dalton Engelbart, Kristina (Greg) Troyer, Daniel (Stacy) Saltzman and Rebecca (Anthony) Aden; great grandchildren, Anthony and Parker Aden, Ambrea, Avery and Adalyn Troyer and Dawson Saltzman; sister, Fern (Norbert) Theilen; and brother-in-law, Dennis Zoubek.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Marcella Theilen, Luella Zoubek, Ilene Theilen and Irene Hansen; and one great-grandchild, Dylan Aden.