Robert L. Pitlor, 88, of Lincoln, passed away on May 20, 2019. Bob was known and loved by many as "Dad, Papa, Buttons, Mr. Magic, and Dr. Hairbrain.” Bob 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 of 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.
Survivors include daughters: Betti and Richard Robinson, Norfolk, Soni and Jess Ruff, Milwaukee, Cindi and Marlon Weiss, Lincoln, Jane and Mike Snyder, Omaha, Lori and Howard Feldman, Lincoln; 19 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by wife of 63 years, Letha Zalkin Pitlor, parents Nathan Pitlor, mother Molly Brown, two brothers and three sisters.
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.
Services will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, May 23, at Tifereth Israel Synagogue, 3219 Sheridan Blvd., Lincoln. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Tifereth Israel Synagogue, 3219 Sheridan Blvd., Lincoln, NE 68516 or charity of choice. Condolences: www.bmlfh.com.