Bob Schenke Memorial Page

Messages from members and friends sent to will be posted on this page.


Robert E. Schenke was born on March 6, 1919 to Ben and Florence Schenke on a farm near Colesburg, Iowa and was the oldest of seven children. Robert "Bob" Schenke passed away on November 1, 2007 at the Covenant Care Center in Turlock, California at the age of eighty-eight. Bob graduated from Colesburg High School in 1938 and continued his education by attending the Dodge Radio Institute in Valparaiso, Indiana. After graduation he went to work as the Chief Engineer for KHMO Radio in Hannibal, Missouri and later advanced his career by attending and graduating from the University of Illinois where he obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering.

Bob worked in the fledgling television broadcast industry by taking a job with General Electric based in Syracuse, New York and was known as a pioneer in the field as he supervised the installation of many new television stations throughout the country. Bob subsequently took a position with the Harris Company of Quincy, Illinois when General Electric sold the broadcast division. He worked for Harris Company as a field engineer traveling to virtually every state in the Union and to many foreign countries.

Bob retired to his home in Lake of the Pines, near Auburn, California, yet stayed in great demand as a consultant often giving his expertise to television stations well into his eighties. Bob was a Life Member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers. Bob enjoyed his retirement years in Turlock, California as a twelve year resident of the Covenant Village. He is survived by his wife of sixty-four years, Hope Appleton Schenke; his daughter, Juli Schenke Sexton of Soldotna, Alaska; son, Bob Schenke of Clayton, California; four grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. The family plans a private family memorial in the near future.

Messages from Members and Friends

It saddens us to know that we've lost a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and friend, but he was ready to go and we have that wonderful hope of seeing him again.

— Hope Appleton Schenke