Robert L. Pitlor of Lincoln passed away on May 20 at age 88. Services were held on May 23 at Tifereth Israel Synagogue, 3219 Sheridan Blvd. Lincoln.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Letha Zalkin Pitlor, parents Nathan Pitlor, mother Molly Brown, two brothers, and three sisters.
He is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Betti and Richard Robinson of Norfolk, Soni and Jess Ruff of Milwaukee, Cindi and Marlon Weiss of Lincoln, Jane and Mike Snyder of Omaha, and Lori and Howard Feldman of Lincoln; 19 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Bob was known and loved by many as “Dad, Papa, Buttons, Mr. Magic, and Dr. Hairbrain.” He served in the United States Air Force. Bob impacted many through his involvement with his synagogue through B’nai Brith, Youth Directorship, and the Jewish Federation of Lincoln. He was a member of East Lincoln Lodge #210, Sesostris Shrine, and Shrine Clowns. He was also involved with Clown Alley. Other organizations on which he left his mark were Big Brothers-Big Sisters, AFS, Society of American Magicians, International Brotherhood of Magicians, and the Omaha Magic Society. One of the activities which was most important to him was to make people smile. Bob was known for visiting sick children in hospitals and hosting numerous magical birthday parties at his own home stage.
Our deepest thanks go to the staff at Southlake Village for giving our parents such personal and loving care. Thanks also to AseraCare for their guidance and care of our dad.
Memorials may be sent to Tifereth Israel Synagogue, 3219 Sheridan Blvd., Lincoln, NE 68516 or organization of choice. Condolences: www.bmlfh.com.