Bob Novak

Died: Tue., Aug. 25, 2015


Memorial Service

3:00 PM Fri., Sep. 04, 2015
Location: Holy Family Catholic Church


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Robert "Bob" Novak, 62 died on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at Harney District Hospital.  A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, September 4, 2015 at Holy Family Catholic Church at 3:00 p.m.  Contributions in Bob Novak's memory can be made to Harney County Little League or CAN Cancer in care of LaFollette's Chapel, PO Box 488; Burns, Oregon 97720.

Robert (Bob) Lee Novak was born to Donald and Patricia Novak, December 5, 1952.  He was the oldest of five siblings and held the position of big brother to four younger sisters.  He was raised and educated in Redmond, Oregon where in his youth he was an all-around athlete who played football, baseball and basketball.  A highlight of his high school career was when his basketball team made it to the State tournament.
Always known as a hard worker, Bob worked as a millworker, owned and managed a mobile home park and was a contractor responsible for grounds keeping for the City of Burns parks and the cemetery. He was very conscientious about his work and always did more than the job required.    
He married Wendy Withee in 1988 and soon after started a family.  He took great pride and joy in his children Marc and Kelly and supported all their activities over the years.  He coached all levels of baseball and even coached an Oregon Baseball Association traveling team taking his team to Florida and Arizona.  He assisted with girls’ softball, helped his kids raise 4H animals and was his children’s best fan.  
Bob was an avid Denver Broncos and Oakland A’s fan but enjoyed most sports. After high school and over the years he found a way to continue to play or participate in sports. He bowled, played softball and pool and after moving to Harney County took up hunting.  He kept stats for the high school football team, played in fantasy football and baseball leagues and loved to talk sports to whoever would engage in the subject. Between the Novaks and the Withees he usually could find a willing participant. Bob’s quiet presence will be missed.  His many nieces, nephews and his children’s friends can all attest to his willingness to help when help was needed.  
He enjoyed being with his family and all the events associated with belonging to two big families.  Some of his favorites were the many Withee Family “Eat Ins” (potlucks), a trip to the casino every now and then, getting wood at the Jim’s cabin, and the families yellow Labradors; Heidi, Molly and Bostyn.  
He is preceded in death by his wife Wendy Novak and his parents Donald and Patricia Novak.  He is survived by his son Marc Novak, daughter Kelly Novak; Sisters Joanne Pickles (Dave), Marcia Thanem, Mary Larson (Bryan), and Julie Novak (Rick) and his many nieces, nephews, brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws.  

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