Robert “Bob” Ladeck, age 74, passed away Friday evening July 13, 2007, after a brief bout with cancer. Before passing Bob wrote the following:
“It is not everyday that a person gets to write his or her own obituary. I have that opportunity, so here it goes.
I was born January 10, 1933 on the great south side of Chicago, the adopted son of John and Frances (Radtke) Ladeck. I was raised on the south side of Chicago and attended St. Margaret Mary Grammar School, St. Leo High School and MacCormac School of Commerce where I received an Associate Degree in Business Administration.
On February 24, 1953, I received greetings from Uncle Sam and became a member of the U.S. Army. I was shipped to Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. After 16 weeks of basic training in the infantry and Corps of Engineers, I was assigned to a regimental cadre unit. I supervised a regimental post office for the remainder of my tour of duty, and was awarded the rank of Sergeant, an accomplishment of great pride to me.
After my discharge on February 23, 1955, I spent some time catching up on the lives of my family and my Chicago-land friends. In the spring of 1956 I moved to Marquette and worked for the Holland Furnace Co., and later for LaSalle Wine Co. Also in the spring of 1956, I had a glorious encounter when I met Mary Jane “Jane” Hogan, who became Mrs. Robert Ladeck. In November of 1956, I moved back to the Chicago area to seek better employment. Jane and I were married on August 2, 1958 at St. Peter