Robert E. Bloudek

Robert E. BloudekRobert E. “Bob” Bloudek was born on June 14, 1949, to Genevieve and Gene “Bud” Bloudek in Belle Plaine Iowa. Bob’s dad was a park ranger for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. They lived in several parks, including Maquoketa Caves, Pine Lake, Dolliver Memorial and Backbone. Bob used to joke that he was the only kid around who had a state park as his back yard.

Bob graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High School, Fort Dodge, Iowa, on June 6, 1967. He then attended Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge until he received a draft notice, so he joined the Navy instead. Bob worked at KWMT/KWMT FM radio in Fort Dodge, Iowa, as a news reporter and newscaster.

Bob joined the U.S/ Navy in 1969. He served for 13 years as a Navy journalist. Most duty stations were with the American Forces Radio & Television Service. A career highlight was while he was on the staff of the Commander-In-Chief, Pacific Fleet, when he delivered a brief to President Nguyen Van Thieu of South Vietnam. Bob also delivered a brief to Henry Kissinger and participated in a telephone brief with President Gerald Ford when the U.S/ merchant ship Mayaguez was seized by the Khmer Rouge off the coast of Vietnam. Bob’s last Navy duty station was at Moffett Field Naval Air Station near San Jose.

He got out of the Navy on a Friday and returned to the same desk on Monday doing the same job, but as a civilian.

Bob married the love of his life, Rebecca Lea Walker, on March 17, 1979.

He began working at the Naval Weapons Center, China Lake, in 1980. Bob worked in the Technical Information Department as a television production specialist, program manager and technical information specialist. He retired after 35 years of government service in March 2014.

Bob was active in the Ridgecrest Church of the Nazarene, serving as secretary of the Church Board and chairman of the Buildings and Grounds Committee as well as the Pastoral Search Committee. For several years, Bob operated the sanctuary computer for services and events.

During his children’s school years, Bob was active in PTA and school site councils.

He served as president of the PTA at Pierce Elementary, Murray Middle and Burroughs High schools. He also served on the Boundaries Committee for Sierra Sands Unified School District and served as an officer on the Sierra Sands PTA/PTSA Board of Directors.

Following retirement, Bob volunteered as school librarian at Immanuel Christian School for several years.

Bob held a B.S. degree in public administration from Upper Iowa University, an M.S. in information resources management from the International School of Information Management in Santa Barbara, a second M.S. in library and information science from the University of Connecticut, and a certificate of film production from the University of Southern California.

Bob is preceded in death by his father, Gene Bloudek; sister, Penny Schwendinger; daughter, Jenelle Bloudek; wife, Rebecca Bloudek; and grandson, Brian Jensen.

Bob is survived by his mother, Genevieve Bloudek (Manchester, Iowa); Sisters, Pamela Brown (Maquoketa, Iowa) and Melanie (Dwayne) Hettinger (Dundee, Iowa); children, Julie (Victor) Jensen (Ridgecrest), Matthew Bloudek (Ridgecrest), and Kathleen (Ben) Nicholson (Port Huron, Mich.); grandchildren, Victor Carl, Valerie and Evan Jensen, and Madison Bloudek.

Visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 17, from 4-7 p.m. at the H.K. Holland Memorial Chapel. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, at 11 a.m. at the Ridgecrest Church of the Nazarene.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Ridgecrest Church of the Nazarene.

— Submitted by the family of Robert Bloudek

Story First Published: 2020-01-10