Robert Henry Sklenarik passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 at his home, one day after his 83rd birthday. He was born on Oct. 22, 1936 in Miles to Winz and Berttie “King” Sklenarik.
Growing up he worked with his father in the family service stations. He graduated from Miles High School in 1956 and he enlisted into the Army on Dec. 13, 1956 where he joined the Nike Missile Program. He was stationed at Fort MacArthur Base in San Pedro, California. While in California he met his bride to be Jeanne Marie Hewitt who had come to California from Woodstock, Ontario, Canada to continue her nursing career. They were married on May 28, 1960 in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada and they celebrated 59 and a half years together.
Due to his father’s ill health they returned to Miles to help in the family service stations. He went to work for Goodyear Proving Grounds as a test driver where he logged over 2 million test miles and retired after 30 years.
Throughout the years he enjoyed supporting his three boys and three grandchildren in all of their activities as Miles Bulldogs. He served on the Miles ISD School Board and was part of the board that was instrumental in passing the bond that included the new gymnasium. Robert was a member of the Lowake Sharp Shooters Gun Club, Miles Lions Club and Miles Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the Miles Methodist Church where he had served as a trustee. In his retirement he loved wood working in his shop and running errands for his boys at Sklenarik’s Smoked Meats.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Winz and Berttie Sklenarik; his brother, and sister-in-law Richard and Irene Sklenarik; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Howard and Esther Hewitt; and his sister-in-law, Yvonne Hewitt.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; sons, Paul and wife Marla, Howard and wife Wendy, Mark and wife Vanessa; his grandchildren Brian and fiancé Kendra, Joshua and Emily. Also surviving him are brother-in-law, Bob Hewitt and Louse Hendriks; nephews, Robb and wife Heather Hewitt, David and wife Trish Hewitt, John and wife Bernedette Hewitt and Jacob Lopez; and great-nephews Mark, Dylan, Damien, Justin, Eric, Tyler, and Ryan Hewitt.
Pallbearers were Brian Schwerner, Josh Sklenarik, David Hewitt, Tony Dillon, MarLon Rankin and Mike West. Honorary Pallbearers were Emily Sklenarik and Dan Young.
The family would like to thank the Fant and Rankin families for all their love and support, his care givers Margarita Perez, Angie Gonzales, and Cecilia Wheeler, and Hospice of Ballinger.
Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 at Lange Funeral Home in Ballinger. Robert’s service was held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at the First United Methodist Church of Miles.
Memorials may be made to Texas Association of Meat Processors Scholarship Fund, Miles United Methodist Church and the Miles Volunteer Fire Department.