Robert J. Staab was born to Alexius and Celestina Staab in Catherine, KS, on October 26, 1926, and died on December 23, 2017, in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Robert was the oldest of nine children, including sisters Sr. Louella (Maybell), Erlene Leiker (Olathe, KS), and Ruby Nowak (Russell, KS) and brothers Norman, Roger, Bill, Ervell (Omaha, KS), and Dennis (Olathe, KS). Robert loved his brothers-in-law Joe, Dale, Tom, Charlie, Edward, and Fred and his sisters-in-law Jutta (Judy), Cacilie, Verla, Bernice, Rosie, Mary Jo, and Theresa, and he never missed an opportunity for gathering together.
Robert joined the US Army Cavalry in 1944 and served in the Pacific Theatre. Robert served his time quietly and uneventfully in the Philippines and Japan. Robert was proud of his military service and became a lifetime member of VFW Post 6240 in Russell, Kansas.
After the war, Robert returned to Ellis County, where he worked various jobs, including driving an airplane fuel truck—where he seized an opportunity to learn how to fly. Robert eventually found work in the oil patch and enjoyed a thirty-five-year career with Mobil Oil Corporation.
Robert met Beatrice Schenk in 1950 at Severin School, where his youngest siblings, Ruby and Dennis, attended. Robert and Bea were married on June 17, 1952, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Olmitz, Kansas.
Robert and Bea spent their working and married lives in Kansas, living in Plainville, Salina, Great Bend, Harper, and Wichita before moving on to Lansing, Michigan in the summer of 1974 and retiring to Naples, Florida in 1986. Robert is survived by four children: Mike (Winnetka, IL), Alan (Tulsa, OK), Eric (Topeka, KS), and Mary Ann (Keller, TX); daughters-in-law Jenni Holt, Sharon Voskuhl, and Rae Kary Staab; four siblings: Ruby Nowak, Erlene Leiker, Dennis Staab, and Ervell Staab; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Beatrice (Schenk) Staab, his second wife Mary Frances (Komarek) Pinkenberg Staab; and four siblings: William Staab Sr., Louella Staab, Norman Staab, and Roger Staab.
After Bea’s death, Robert married Mary Frances (Komarek) Pinkenberg in 1989, at St. Mary Queen of the Universe Catholic Church in Salina, Kansas. They enjoyed 14 years of marriage in Salina, where they built great memories with their granddaughters Elizabeth and Cordelia. Robert and Mary Frances enjoyed traveling to Tulsa and Chicago to spend time with their grandchildren Blaise, Zane, Alec, Colton, Matthew, and Sophia. Robert was loved by Mary Frances’ family, including Francis and Linda Komarek, John Komarek, nephew James Komarek, and Gertrude and John Kohn.
Robert moved to Oklahoma Methodist Manor in Tulsa, Oklahoma in January of 2013, just in time for the birth of his great-grandson, Samuel Robert W. Van Deusen. He marked his 90th year with a helicopter ride to celebrate both his birthday and the medical school graduation of his granddaughter, Dr. Cordelia Staab Whitlatch, with the help of his grandsons-in-law, David Van Deusen and Michael Whitlatch.
Visitation: 4-8 pm at Ryan Mortuary; Salina, KS on Thursday, December 28 with a vigil service at 5:00 pm.
Funeral Mass: St. Ann’s Church; Olmitz, KS, on Friday, December 29, at 11:00 am.
Internment: St. Ann’s Cemetery; Olmitz, KS
Memorials: St. Catharine Catholic Church, Address: 1681 St Joseph, Catharine, KS 67627.
To see more details of Robert’s life, please read his obituary at ryanmortuary.com
O Holy Mother of God, pray for us that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.