Robert J. (Bob) Gregoryk, our beloved brother, uncle, and friend, died peacefully with his family by his side on March 26, 2019, at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Weston, Fla., where he lived. He had battled polycystic kidney disease for years, a battle that included a kidney transplant and dialysis.
Bob was born to John and Mary (Cervenka) Gregoryk on April 17, 1949, in Bismarck. He grew up in Wilton, where he attended school until 1967. Bob enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam from Nov. 29, 1969, to Oct. 4, 1970. After receiving an honorable discharge in 1972, he returned to Wilton where he farmed for a time with his father and brothers.
Bob moved to the Chicago area where he owned a painting business for many years. Later, he went to work for American Airlines and was stationed in Raleigh, N.C., and then in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., until he retired. Bob met the many challenges of his kidney disease with humor and unwavering optimism. Never indulging in self-pity, he considered himself blessed.
With a passion for music, Bob had a large record collection that he enjoyed, as well as a keen interest in cars, especially his Ford Mustang. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.
He is survived by sisters, Joan Gregoryk, D.C., Carol Brooke, Phoenix, Mary O’Hara, Reno, Nev., Helen (Brad) Bergman, Minot, Jackie (Tracey) Aronson, Crary, Corinne (Wayne) Schell, Green Valley, Ariz., Susan (Ralph) Beardsworth, Florida, Linda (Mike) Vig, Bismarck; one brother, Jon (Karen) Gregoryk, Charles Town, W.Va, as well as many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Gregoryk; stepmother, Frances Bohl Gregoryk Bartole; and siblings, Bernadine Gregoryk, Janet Gregoryk, Peggy Bohl Ulmen and Tom Bohl.
Bob will be honored at a military memorial and committal service at noon Friday, May 17, 2019, at the North Dakota Veterans’ Cemetery in Mandan. Friends and family are invited to a reception following the service at the home of Mike and Linda Vig in Bismarck to share food, fellowship, and fond memories.