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Robert Placek,
  • July 15, 1938
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  • August 26, 2018

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Pilot, parachutist, outdoorsman, and entrepreneur Robert (Bob) Allan Placek, formerly of Roswell, GA, peacefully passed away on August 26, 2018 with family by his side at his residence in Edgewater, Florida.  He was born on July 15,1938 in Racine, Wisconsin.  He was preceded by his mother, Olive Mary LaCanne and father, Harold Anton Placek.  He was a graduate of the University of Florida where he started the parachute club by landing in The Swamp.  As a NASA contractor, he designed and developed communication equipment that received satellite signals for the Apollo moon missions.  He later worked at Scientific Atlanta where he designed and developed satellite communications systems for the European market.  In the late 70’s, Bob and Heinz Wegener started and founded Wegener Communications, Inc, a leader in satellite audio communication equipment that included the satellite stereo equipment for the first broadcast of MTV in the early 80’s.  He enjoyed numerous trips traveling with family and friends.  His passion was fly fishing in the rivers of Montana and the Northwest and he had a great love for classic rock and roll.

He leaves behind his beloved wife, Susan Eaton Placek and seven children, Rob, Mike (Pam), Scott, Robyn, Matt (Rachel), Garry (Laura), and Jonathan (Liz), along with fourteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.

There will be a celebration of his life on September 8, 2018 at 1 PM at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 485 Turnbull Bay Road, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, 32168.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Christian Children’s Fund International or Florida Hospital New Smyrna  Hospice.


Edgewater New Symrna Cemetery

Date & Time:
August 31, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Edgewater-New Smyrna Cemetery

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  1. Jean Schoner says:
    31 Aug 2018
    We send our sincere sympathy to the Placek family. I worked for Bob 28 yrs. He was the best boss I ever had. He was such a smart, fair and honest man. I loved to talk to him about his garden and his fishing trips.
    God bless you Bob.

  2. Vicky and Ray Kammer lit a candle:
    30 Aug 2018
    Lit since August 30, 2018 at 8:39:51 PM

  3. Richard Atkinson says:
    30 Aug 2018
    I was very sorry to hear of Bob’s passing and express sympathies to Mike and all the rest of his family. Bob was my boss for 32 years and we worked on many projects together with four companies from Orlando, Fla thru Birmingham, AL to the Atlanta, Ga area. He was a very talented engineer and a very hard worker. He became a great leader because of his ability to make good decisions and the way he treated his employees with fairness and respect. My family and I are very grateful for opportunities he provided in our lives. I considered him a great friend.
    PS: Really enjoyed flying with him in his airplane out of Mathis Airport.

  4. Steve Lafferty says:
    30 Aug 2018
    I'm so sad to hear of Bob's passing. He was a kind man of impeccable integrity, one of the fairest, truest and smartest people I've ever known. He hired me for my first engineering job out of college at Scientific Atlanta and twice more at Wegener. I have a tremendous amount of love and respect for Bob. He made the world a better place for so many. My deepest sympathies to Mike, Matt and the family.

  5. Heinz Wegener says:
    30 Aug 2018
    Bob Placek was a wonderful man who had a great impact on my life. To tell how much Bob meant to me would take a book. From being my boss at Scientific Atlanta, to joining me in an unfinished basement to start Wegener, to leading Wegener to 177th on the INC 500, to allowing me to spin off Cross Technologies in '94, Bob played a key part in the major milestones in my career. Bob was a very smart, kind man of the highest integrity and I have a great love and respect for him. I know he's in heaven as he shared several times his faith in Jesus with me. My prayers to Bob's family and friends during this time of his home going.

  6. Heinz Wegener posted an image:
    30 Aug 2018
    Bob and Heinz accepting the INC 500 award, 1986
    Bob and Heinz accepting the INC 500 award, 1986

  7. Sheila Bright lit a candle:
    29 Aug 2018
    Lit since August 29, 2018 at 8:25:37 PM

  8. Troy Woodbury says:
    29 Aug 2018
    Bob Placek was a good man of high integrity who had a real sense of fairness. I worked with him for many years and saw how he handled tough and difficult situations. He never cut corners and did what was right.
    I have said for a long time that...I had rather have a verbal agreement with Bob Placek than a written agreement with most people. He was truly special.

  9. Nancy Hodges says:
    29 Aug 2018
    Rest in peace, Bob. Your love and care for your family continues.

  10. Leenie Breckenridge says:
    29 Aug 2018
    RIP Bob, you are loved and you are missed. Forever and a day.
    Blessings to Susan and all the family.

  11. Jessica Parks lit a candle:
    29 Aug 2018
    Lit since August 29, 2018 at 8:38:29 AM

  12. Rachel Placek lit a candle:
    28 Aug 2018
    Lit since August 28, 2018 at 8:12:44 PM

  13. Jerry, Cheryl, Jordan, Charlie, Peyton and Blaise Latimer says:
    28 Aug 2018
    Scott and family,
    We are sorry for your loss. We have faith that your dad is at peace with our Lord.

  14. Joe & Alice Benedict says:
    28 Aug 2018
    Sending our sympathy and love to the family. Rest In Peace, Bob
    Joe & Alice Benedict

  15. Mark Fowler says:
    28 Aug 2018
    Rob and Mike , sorry to hear about your dad . I wish I could have met him . He sounds like an interesting man . He was born in 1938 the same year as my dad . Stay in touch .

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