Robert A. “Bob” Olekson

Born: 06/22/1950 Passed:

Robert “Bob”Allen Olekson, son of the late Demetrius “Mike” and Helen Pischak; brother of Thomas; uncle; great-uncle passed away January 25 at Regency Hospital in Middleburg Heights following a brief illness.  Born in Cleveland on June 22, 1950, Bob was a lifelong Parma resident and graduated from Parma Senior High in 1968.  He attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he graduated with a degree in Horticulture in 1972.

Bob was a dedicated employee of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections where he served the community for 36 years in the Registration and Election Support Departments.

Bob’s interests were varied and many.  An avid coin collector and plant enthusiast, he was a member of the Western Reserve Numismatic Club and the Midwest Cactus and Succulent Society.  He was a student of history and other cultures, and would readily share in the course of conversation interesting facts that he had learned.  He loved attending and participating in celebrations and festivals where he would enjoy authentic ethnic cuisine.   One of his many talents was handwriting analysis, having been awarded the Certificate of Master Graphoanalyst by the International Graphonalysis Society.

He was a member of the Bahá’í faith. And proud of his Ukrainian heritage.

Bob loved to travel, having visited many places in the United States and as many as 12 different countries including China, Greece, Peru, Israel, and his favorite Russia.  A loyal and generous friend to many, Bob enjoyed showing his appreciation to the people in his life by writing letters, sharing stories, and gift giving; whether it be a small token of affection or flowers and vegetables grown in his own garden.  Bob wanted everyone he knew to be happy, and did his best to make that happen.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 8th from 5:00-7:00 pm at the Tradesman Tavern 5747 State Road, Parma, Ohio.



17 Tributes to Robert A. “Bob” Olekson

  1. Willette Scullark -Minter says:

    To Bob’s Family, you have my deepest sympathize in regards to your loss. I’ve worked with Bob for over 12yrs, he was the most interesting person you could find. We here at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections will surely miss Him.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I only knew Bob a short time from the boe. He was a very fantastic person.

  3. Fred Pedersen says:

    I am President of the North East Ohio Iris Society. Bob was a fairly recent member of the North East Ohio Iris Society who loved both irises and the Willott Iris Garden at the Rockefeller Greenhouse. We enjoyed his presence at our meetings and his thoughtfulness. He always wanted to share gifts of unique irises with me and the club. He will be missed.

  4. Karen Snell says:

    Bob was a member of the Midwest Cactus & Succulent Society for almost 10 years and rarely missed a meeting. He was a very intelligent, kind-hearted person who will be truly missed by our club.

  5. Georgia Bobbitt says:

    I meet Bob in September 2000, working at the BOE, having several conversations with Bob about my coin collection and my plants, he would always share information about his love for rare coins and gardening and visiting the different flower shows, Bob will truly be missed……REST IN HEAVEN….

  6. Pam Vaccariello says:

    I cannot imagine our Cleveland Indoor Gardening Society without Bob. He was so smart and so witty. And his garden articles almost always made me laugh and made me happy. I will miss him so much. It won’t be the same without him.

  7. Christine H. Block, Indoor Gardening Society says:

    Big Bob, as we called him (as there was a little Bob) in our organization. Bob was full of knowledge, sharing much about travel, coins, stamps, but mostly plants, names, origins, ease of growing. He provided me (and others) with hand scrawled articles on various plants, that we transcribed and used monthly in our newsletters. He had a big heart and came to meetings ready to ask or answer questions for all. We were sorry that he got sick so suddenly, and will miss him at our meetings. So sad that he left us so early

  8. Tony Gregory says:

    I’ve known Bob since he was 3 years old. His brother Tom was my best friend.He was a good man. I was blessed to have known him. We talked on the phone once or twice a week for ten or fifteen years.

  9. Judith Werner says:

    I didn’t know him but his journey’s over. Rest in peace, Bob.

  10. Michalene (Mickie) Osarczuk Montano says:

    Bob has been part of my family’s life since the beginning. My Dad and his were best friends as kids. His Mom introduced my Mom and Dad. He shared a love of gardening and coins with my Dad and was always there when my Dad was sick. After Dad passed he checked on my Mom on a regular basis. He was a sweet caring man and will be missed by many.

    • Angi Olekson says:

      I would have loved to talk to you about you father and my grandfather. Didn’t know they were best friends. Neat. -Angi (Bob’s neice)

  11. Annabelle Crawford says:

    I will miss Big Bob at the indoor garden meetings and the plant sales. He was do knowledgeable.He love to share with you.

  12. Ken Duska says:

    I’m glad to have known Bob through his brother Tom.

    • Angi Olekson says:

      I have heard your name my entire life from my Dad. Glad to hear your sill around and thanks for the comment. 🙂 – Angi (Tom’s daughter)

  13. Lyn Corn says:

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Thoughts and prayers.

  14. George Heffner says:

    I am very sorry to learn of Bob’s passing. He was a wonderful individual who shared a great love of the natural world. His knowledge of plants was remarkable. I was a roommate of Bob at Miami University in Oxford , Ohio. For over 30 years we corresponded by mail. Often Bob would send me big packets of books and newspaper articles. He loved all the ethnic festivals of Cleveland and the Ukrainian heritage of Parma. Two years ago he visited me in Kent, Washington and we visited Mt Rainier Park and Victoria , Canada together. He taught me how to make borsch. I will miss him as well as his constant curiosity about nature and plants. May he rest in heaven.

  15. Tom Kobal says:

    Bob and I lived nearby and went through school together. Never buddies beyond walking to school or back home now and then. I remember he’d often stop to examine leaves of all sorts. It is interesting to learn that interest followed him throughout his life. He was unique and as many have said he carried an aura of kindness.

    I never saw him again after graduating high school but never went very long without giving him a hought. Today I googled him and am so sorry to find he has passed. Rest In Peace Bob.

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