Family remembers store clerk killed during robbery
Posted By: Kelsey Murphy
51-year-old Robert Hanna was a people person.
“He was the kid of guy who would listen to you. He knew when to make you laugh, he knew when to give you a hug, just grab you in a big bear hug,” Joni Bohlmeyer, Bob’s Cousin, said.
His ability to listen and connect with others is what made him good at his job.
Robert, more commonly referred to as Bob, worked as a convenience store clerk at the Kwik Shop on 14th and Adams.
He died Thursday morning during a robbery.
“You never prepare for a family member to die, but this takes it to a whole new level, to be murdered just doing his job,” Bohlmeyer, said.
Police say they’ve gone over surveillance tapes.. They say it doesn’t look like Hanna resisted any orders from the suspect. They’re also looking into what, if anything, the man got away with.
But, one thing can be sure, a priceless life was taken.
"He would make me laugh; he would be there if I needed to cry," Bohlmeyer, said.
Hanna was fairly new to Kwik Shop, his family estimates just a few months,. But, in that short time, Hanna left a lasting impact on his customers.
To some, Bob was more than just a face behind the counter. He was a friend.
"He is the nicest guy, a big old bear. If you did not have a couple cents he would be like you’re alright I can spot you for that," Dustin Manning, customer, said.
Hanna leaves behind two brothers, his mom, a large extended family and several pet cats.
A memorial fund will be set up to offset funeral expenses, and some of the money collected will be used to make a donation in his name to The Cat House.
Donations can be mailed to the funeral home Butherus, Maser and Love in Bob Hanna’s name.