Robert (Bob) Lee Novak passed away Tuesday, Aug. 25.
Bob was born Dec. 5, 1952, to Donald and Patricia Novak. He was the oldest of five siblings, and held the position of big brother to four younger sisters. He was raised and educated in Redmond, where in his youth he was an all-around athlete who played football, baseball and basketball. A highlight of his high school career was when his basketball team made it to the state tournament.
Always known as a hard worker, Bob worked as a millworker, owned and managed a mobile home park, and was a contractor responsible for grounds keeping for the city of Burns parks and the cemetery. He was very conscientious about his work and always did more than the job required.
He married Wendy Withee in 1988, and soon after started a family. He took great pride and joy in his children, Marc and Kelly, and supported all their activities over the years. He coached all levels of baseball and even coached an Oregon Baseball Association traveling team taking his team to Florida and Arizona. He assisted with girls softball, helped his kids raise 4-H animals and was his children’s best fan.
Bob was an avid Denver Broncos and Oakland A’s fan, but enjoyed most sports. After high school, and over the years, he found a way to continue to play or participate in sports. He bowled, played softball and pool, and after moving to Harney County, took up hunting. He kept stats for the high school football team, played in fantasy football and baseball leagues, and loved to talk sports to whoever would engage in the subject. Between the Novaks and the Withees, he usually could find a willing participant. Bob’s quiet presence will be missed. His many nieces, nephews and his children’s friends can all attest to his willingness to help when help was needed.
He enjoyed being with his family and all the events associated with belonging to two big families. Some of his favorites were the many Withee family “Eat Ins” (potlucks), a trip to the casino every now and then, getting wood at Jim’s cabin, and the families’ yellow Labradors; Heidi, Molly and Bostyn.
Bob is survived by his son, Marc Novak; daughter, Kelly Novak; sisters, Joanne Pickles (Dave), Marcia Thanem, Mary Larson (Bryan), and Julie Novak (Rick); and many nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Wendy Novak; and his parents, Donald and Patricia Novak.
A church and graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Burns. Contributions in Bob Novak’s name can be made to Harney County Little League/ Babe Ruth or the Local Cancer Society in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR 97720.