Robert ‘Bob’ A. Schukei, 88, of Mason City, died Monday, October 10, 2016 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit after a journey with Alzheimer’s. A gathering of friends and family will be held from 5-7 PM Friday, October 14, 2016 at Major Erickson Funeral Home, 111 North Pennsylvania Ave., Mason City. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be directed to the Robert Schukei Memorial Fund in care of his family in which they will in turn split between Hospice of North Iowa and the Yacht Club.
Bob was born December 22, 1927 in Cedar Rapids, IA. He spent his early years in Waterloo, IA, leaving to attend Shattuck Military School in Faribault, MN, returning to graduate with his high school class at West Waterloo High School. Bob attended college from 1946-1949.
From 1936-1946 Bob worked summers and vacations for his Dad at Schukei Chevrolet in Waterloo, IA, learning all aspects of the automobile industry. From 1949-1964 Bob worked full time refining his skills which prepared him to purchase Paul Pritchard Ford in 1964. In 1967 Bob built the building at 721 S. Monroe in Mason City where the business is currently located today. His son Steve is the current Dealer Principal.
In July of 1980 Bob purchased S & R Chevrolet becoming the Schukei Chevrolet we know today. Bob continued to maintain an office at the dealership up until his time of death.
During the time span of 1970-1981 Bob was on the Boards of Mutual Federal Savings & Loan; NIACC; Mason City Auto Dealers Assoc.; and a member of the Nichols Campbell Management Group. Bob was also fortunate enough to be on the Ford Motor National Dealer Council where he had the opportunity to work with Henry Ford II, Lee Iacocca and William Clay Ford. His civic organizations and accomplishments included Kiwanis Club; Trinity Lutheran Church Trustee and Chairman; member of the Mason City Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Organization; United Way of Mason City; Director of Cerro Gordo Cablevision; Past President of the Mason City Country Club; Past President of the Iowa Automobile Dealers Association.
Bob was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed numerous fishing trips to Canada along with numerous duck hunting trips to Mound City, Missouri.
Bob is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Conway Schukei; one sister Janice Hahn (Dr. Gilbert) Glasson of Waterloo, IA; children Steve (Sue) Schukei of Mason City, IA; John Schukei of Great Falls, MT; Ellen (Michael) Paul of Iowa City, IA; William (Angelina) Schukei of Omaha, NE; Monda (Brent) Linderman of Mason City, IA; 11 grandchildren, 2 great granddaughters; numerous nieces and nephews and special friends Jay and Jacki Lee.
Bob was preceded in death by his father Clarence F. Schukei; his mother and stepfather Grace Schukei (Warren) Dawson; daughter in law Keely Hall Schukei.
Bob will be greatly missed by his family and friends.