Robert Dale Landeck, age 72 years of Niles, Michigan died unexpectedly at 10:42 a.m. on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Lakeland Hospital – Niles. His family has generously donated through the Gift of Life – Michigan so that others will receive healing transplants.
He was born on April 10, 1945 in Niles to George Michael and Alice Irene (Babcock) Landeck. He graduated from Brandywine High School, and enlisted in the United States Navy from which he was honorably discharged as a Veteran of the Viet Nam Era. He then earned an Associates degree from Southwestern Michigan College, and continued his education while employed; earning many more certificates and credentials in wire products manufacturing and supervision. He was first employed at National-Standard, then at Kokoku in South Bend, and retired from Nelson Steel Wire Products of Hatfield, PA.
Bob attended the South Bend First Church of the Nazarene, and had formerly attended the First Missionary Church in Niles (now Summit Church). He was a member of the American Legion Post #26 in Niles. An avid golfer, he was a member of the United States Golf Association. He played in the National-Standard League at Plym Park, and had carded a Hole-In-One at Brookwood Golf Course in Buchanan. When off the golf course, he could often be found working in his home woodshop or carving wood. He was also an avid bird watcher.
On January 7, 1966 in Long Beach, California he married the former Jacquelyn Rae Zinn with whom he celebrated just months ago the remarkable fifty-first anniversary of their wedding.
Surviving family includes his wife, Jackie Landeck and their children, Lisa M. (& Karl) Holderman of Granger, Indiana, Erin D. (& Brent) Burgess of Edwardsburg, Michigan, and Robert D. (& Lindsey) Landeck II of Kalamazoo, Michigan; two outstanding grandchildren, Brayden M. Burgess and Jacob A. Burgess; adopted granddaughters, Valeriya Voloshyna of Ukraine, Yau Yau Cheng of Hong Kong, Ladin Atilla of Turkey, Amalie Zarp-Karsholt of Denmark, Natcha Nantawanakil of Thailand, Katerina Jindrackova of the Czech Republic, Tabea Habor of Germany, and Emmi Thomson of Finland; and many nieces and nephews of several generations.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and by a brother, Larry Landeck.
The funeral service for Robert Landeck will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017 at the South Bend First Church of the Nazarene with the Rev. Andy Lauer of the church officiating. Committal will follow at the Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles, and will conclude with Full Military Honors by the United States Navy Honor Guard, and American Legion Post #51 of Buchanan.
The family will receive relatives and friends from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Halbritter-Wickens Funeral Home in Niles. Contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the Salvation Army in Niles or Ambucs of Kalamazoo.