Robert Pittelkow was born to Henry and Virginia Pittelkow on November 7th, 1935 in Billings, Montana. He passed away unexpectedly on October 29, 2020. He was a husband, father, grandfather, retired engineer, an avid amateur woodworker and long time private pilot.
He joined the Navy in 1953 serving aboard the USS Shields during the Korean Conflict.He was discharged to inactive duty in 1955.Bob served in the Air Force Reserves until 1972.
Bob and Judy met in 1966 in Bloomington, MN.They were married in Kelliher, MN on July 12, 1969.Their son, Michael, was born in Minneapolis, MN, in 1970.Their daughter, Sarah, was born in Plantation, FL in 1976. The Pittelkow Family moved back to Minneapolis in 1980 and have lived at their current home since then.
Bob’s engineering career began with his training in the Navy.One of his first jobs was at Cape Canaveral, FL during some of the first rocket launches.Bob finished his career at Control Data and Seagate as an Application Engineer, retiring in 2001.
Bob developed a love for flying and obtained his private pilots license in Florida.Bob bought a ‘shell’ of an Experimental Plane/Home Built plane ‘BD-4’ in 1976 that he tinkered with for many years. Later, his son built an RV-7A in the space the BD-4 had previously occupied, the “Hanger.” Bob flew the RV-7A from 2005 until 2015.
After Bob stopped flying he ‘starting making sawdust,’ as he said, for a hobby.The ‘hanger’ became the ‘woodworking shop.’Family and friends have many projects that Bob created over the years with his added creative innovations.
Bob is survived by his wife of 51 years, Judy; son Mike (Tara) Pittelko; daughter Sarah (Tom) Pelinka; grandchildren Petra Pittelko and Alex Pelinka; sisters Dee Harris and Cindy Jacobson (Gary Ewing) and many other relatives and friends.Burial date TBD at Fort Snelling, MN. Memorials preferred to the Experimental Aircraft Association, EAA.org/donate
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