Robert Alfred VanVlerah
Robert Alfred VanVlerah, age 80, passed away Monday, October 27, 2014 at Spectrum Health Rehab & Nursing Center, Greenville, MI. Robert was born the son of Clemen and Estella (Olsen) VanVlerah on March 9, 1934 in Greenville, MI. He was united in marriage to the former Joyce Opal Dishong on March 16, 1952 at Congregational Church in Lakeview.
Robert worked for over 20 years as a custodian and drove bus for Lakeview Schools where he was known as “Pops” to all the children. He also did factory and bartending work over his lifetime. Robert enjoyed watching football and baseball and playing in his younger years. He also enjoyed golf and playing cards. Robert especially enjoyed making people laugh; he had a great sense of humor.
Robert is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Joyce, children: John Michael VanVlerah and wife, Karen of Eight Point Lake, MI, Katherine Anne Volker and husband, Stephen of Portage, MI, Daniel Lee VanVlerah and wife, Gale of Lakeview, MI, Cindy Lou Breu and husband, Douglas of Rockford, MI, James Edward VanVlerah and wife, Silvia of Austin, TX and Bruce Alan VanVlerah of Greenville, MI; over 21 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters: Rose Marie Burt, Sue Anne Bristle and Edith Haines.
Besides his parents, Robert was preceded in death by a son, David Henry VanVlerah; grandchild, Derrick Lee Gale; sisters: Margery, Anna, Carolyn and Elaine.
A Memorial Service will take place Friday, October 31, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at Brigham Funeral Chapel in Lakeview. A Visitation will take place from 3:00 p.m. until 4 p.m. (1 hour prior to the service).
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