Robert John “Bob” Enke of Cuba, Missouri was born on July 8, 1939, in St. Louis, Missouri to Fred and Lillian Caroline (Reznak) Enke and passed away on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at the age of 81 years.
As a young boy, he attended Bailey School and began his formal education. But what Bob genuinely loved was being outdoors.
As he grew older, he learned how to hunt and fish and spent many hours walking in the woods or sitting on a creek bank dropping a line in the water anticipating the ‘big catch!”.
Bob learned that life was not just about hobbies and fun times as he wiped a good deal of sweat on those hot summer days, helping his father with hay bailing several years and then working as a farm hand for a short time.
It was while working as a farm hand that he made his best lifetime decision when he met and married Shirley M. Jones on November 2, 1957. They made their home in Cuba, Missouri.
Shortly after marriage Robert started working in the construction industry. Building roads, bridges, missile silos, laying sod or whatever the job called for. He worked in construction for 37 years until his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Lillian Enke; two infant sisters; one infant son, Kenneth Louis Enke; one brother-in-law, Doy Jones Jr.; and a special aunt, Mamie Charles.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Shirley Enke of the home; two children, Karen Hignett of Silsbee, Texas and Steven W. and wife Cheryl Enke of Cuba, Missouri; three grandchildren, J.R. Hignett of Silsbee, Texas, Nevaeh and Triniti Enke, both of Cuba, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Irene Jones of Rosati, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 10-11 a.m. on Monday, June 21, 2021 at the Mizell Funeral Home in Cuba, Missouri.
Graveside service was held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 21, 2021 at the Oak Hill Cemetery, Cuba, Missouri with Pastor Gary Mace officiating.
Arrangements under the direction of the Mizell Funeral Home of Cuba, Missouri.