Bob Edelman, 73

Bob Edelman, age 73 of Kansas, formerly of Merna, died Monday, July 18, 2011, at the Shawnee Mission Medical Center in Shawnee Mission, Kan. Bob was born Aug. 25, 1937, in Broken Bow to Perl and Cleo Edelman. He grew up in the Sandhills near Seneca, where he enjoyed playing all sports and acquired a love for music. This love of music stayed with him his entire life. Bob graduated from Thedford High School in 1955, and began teaching in two small schools in Cherry County while finishing his education at Chadron State College. He taught six years at Cody-Kilgore. While there he married Jeannete Milleson Dec. 26, 1965. Together they moved to Dunning, where he was band and vocal director, coach and principal. April 28, 1971, a daughter, Jennifer Elaine, was born. Then in 1974, the family moved to Merna and he spent the next 19 years finishing up his teaching career. While at Anselmo-Merna, he built a tradition of excellence in the music department. Bob also coached boys basketball up until his wife’s death in 1978. He left coaching for a decade to care for Jennifer. He returned to coaching when she was in high school. Bob enjoyed his 37 years of teaching. He firmly believed in the benefits of children’s exposure in music, athletics and drama in addition to the academics. Bob was intense and expected the very best from his students. After retirement, Bob found a relaxing lifestyle. He sold his home in Merna and purchased a large motor home. He enjoyed the summers in Rapid City, S.D., the pleasant spring and fall seasons with his daughter in Kansas, and the beautiful winter climate in Mesa, Ariz. During this time he enjoyed life. The grandchildren looked forward to his daily story time and playground time. There was not a person he met that was not a friend. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, parents, and seven brothers and sisters. Survivors include his daughter, Jennifer Lindelof and husband Kyle of Basehor, Kan.; three grandchildren, Keirsten, Dalton and Carson Lindelof; sister, Bonetta Kemp and husband Jack of Sargent, and sister-in-law, Mae Edelman of Sargent. He will be missed by all who knew him.Published in Custer County Chief, Aug 11, 2011