Robert Ptacek

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Robert (Bohumil "Red" Ptacek.) 10/12/1919 to 5/20/2010. Born in Chicago, grew up in Cicero IL, was captain of the Morton High School, Morton Junior college and Northern Ill University football teams. Drafted during his senior year at Northern Ill, he served on Guadacanal as a forward observer plotting targets and computing firing data, was responsible for 42 men and 20 mules carrying a 75 mm gun in the 97th Field Artillery Bn. Americal Div. in support of the Marines. He was awarded many service medals imcluding The American Defense Service Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal with triple bronze star and the World War II Victory Medal. After return to the states and recuperating from malaria, he was assigned veterinary technician at the Concordia KS POW camp where he played football with the Ft. Riley Mule Skinners. For 26 years after WWII, he was regional sales manager for Sterling Drug and later city animal control supervisor. He was a long time usher at St. Luke's Catholic Church and a Life Time member of their Men's Club. He loved music and sang with the Beethoven Mannenchor, belonged to the Guadacanal Veterans Ass.,VFW and various Czech organizations. Predeceased by parents, Frank Joseph and Mary Kozelka Ptacek who immigrated from Czechoslovakia through Ellis Island, son Daniel Ptacek, sister Dorothy Ptacek Asbury, and two brothers Frank and George Ptacek from Illinois and Indiana. Surviving are wife Maxine, daughter Melissa Ptacek Speetjens, grandchildren, Maile Jessica and Frank Speetjens, Kauai, Hawaii, sons Gregory and Robin Louis Ptacek, Los Angeles CA and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Services and burial Tuesday May 25, 11:00 AM at Woodlawn Cemetery, 7600 Cermak Rd., Forest Park, IL. A Remembrance Mass will be held at St. Luke's at a later date. It is requested donations in his memory be made to the charity of your choice.
Published in Express-News on May 23, 2010
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