Passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 13th, 2016 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg, MO. He was born on March 16th, 1923 in Pepin, WI to Colonel and Martha Yochem. He was blessed in life to have ive wonderful sisters Vada, Jean, Rita, Doris and Joyce and being the only boy was spoiled by all of them. It was a great sadness to him that they all joined his parents in heaven before him. Bob spent his early years in Pepin but did most of his growing up in Omaha, NE where he attended Omaha Technical High School. After high school he worked for four months at Suris Flower Shop where he waited on customers and also awaited his papers to be drafted into the Second World War. Bob was indeed drafted into the Army and participated in the D-Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy. He would march all over Europe including France, Holland and Germany. He even found himself in the Verdenne forest in Belgium for the Battle of the Bulge. The frostbite he suffered on his feet while there would bother him for the rest of his life. Bob miraculously survived the war and came home, a changed man who would never speak of what he saw or experienced. He moved to Kansas City, MO and on June 10, 1950 married Josephine R. Catalano and joined a very large Italian family. The Catalano family was one of the greatest joys in his life. Jo preceded him in death in 1981 and he never remarried. Bob was an engraver at Hallmark and a bookbinder for 32 years at Interstate Book Bindery. He was a wildly creative person. He could take nothing and make it into something spectacular. He enjoyed woodworking, painting, drawing, reading, lower gardening and cooking. He will be sorely missed by his daughters Martha York, her husband Jim and Lisa Burkhart. Bob also leaves five grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and a multitude of nieces and nephews all over the country. Bob has chosen cremation and his ashes will be taken to Pepin, where it all began.
MT. MORIAH & FREEMAN FUNERAL HOME
Kansas City, MO 64131 816-942-2004