Robert “Bob” Edward VanHerp

Robert “Bob” Edward VanHerp, age 80, of Six Lakes went to be with his Lord on Friday, February 14, 2014 at his home.  Bob was born on October 27, 1933 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Joseph and Frances (Rypkema) VanHerp.  He was raised in Owosso and graduated from Owosso High School with the Class of 1952.  While in Owosso he worked for the Union Telephone Company, serving as a journeyman lineman and cable splicer.


In 1955, Bob joined the Navy serving as a lineman in the United States Naval Construction Battalion Number 7, also known as the Sea Bees.   He was discharged in January 1957 as a CPO 3 lineman.  Upon his discharge, he returned to work for the telephone company, then known as General Telephone, as a cable splicer.  On June 27, 1957 he married his wonderful wife, Laura Percy in Owosso.  They were married for 47 years, until her passing in 2004.


In 1962, Bob and Laura moved to Six Lakes where he was employed with General Telephone in Edmore and Alma until he retired after 33 years of service in 1983.  Bob was a 37 year member of the Six Lakes Lions Club, served as a Belvidere Township Fireman for 4 years, served as the Belvidere Township Constable for 14 years and was a Belvidere Township Trustee for 12 years.  Bob and Laura both served on the Centennial Committee, the Museum Committee and the Flea Market Startup Committee.


Bob enjoyed small game, deer and caribou hunting, fishing and constructing model planes and had a passion for model ship building.  He was baptized on August 5, 2001 in 5th Lake as a member of the New Beginnings Church of God in Six Lakes and was currently a member of the Common Grounds Worship Center.


Laura and Bob had the honor and pleasure of helping to raise 4 children, whom became special friends and they considered family:  Coleen (Jerry) Haber and John (Annette) Lester both of Owosso, Todd (Jennifer) Barr of Stanton and Thad Barr of Virginia City, whom survives.   Bob is also survived by his brother-in-law, Pete Nix of Reed City; brother-in-law, John Rettinger of Barryton; niece, Nia (Bob) Godbold of Hersey and nephews:  Glen Nix of Clemens, North Carolina and Steve Nix of Suttons Bay.                                


Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Laura; his parents, Joe and Frances VanHerp and his sister-in-law, Irene Nix.


A funeral service to celebrate Bob’s life will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 1 p.m. at Brigham Funeral Chapel, 118 Center Street, Six Lakes with Pastors Rich Childs and Paula Estill officiating.  A visitation has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from 4 to 7 p.m., also at the Six Lakes Chapel.  Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bob’s honor may be made payable to the Common Grounds Worship Center.


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Discussion closed
  • Dan and Marcia Rae (Sunday, February 16 14 02:44 pm EST)

    You are now in peace and no pain. We love you alot. Thank you for teaching me that inner peace. I'll share my favorite poem.

    Butterflies from Heaven
    by Linda Ann Henry

    When we lose our loved ones they never die
    For I know once heaven takes their souls
    The Dear Lord leaves a little of them here
    To turn into beautiful butterflies
    So they can be near our hearts

    Blessed are those who can see the beauty
    Of the life which has gone to what is "God's Art"
    When we look for the angels
    They will send us Jesus' love
    I saw a butterfly today, my last prayer I gave away

    Heaven is more than souls of our loved ones
    When a father, mother, a brother, sister or a child dies
    Their hearts live in those who have loved them
    Every grain of sand, every sunrise and sunset
    All the good things we know and love
    They all go to Jesus for Him to protect

    As a gift, The Lord, lets us have a glimpse of those we love
    For a brief moment in time, for a short while
    A butterfly is seen at our window, sent from heaven
    Then we know, all will be well with those we love.

    by Linda Ann Henry

  • jeri walcutt (Monday, February 17 14 09:04 am EST)

    Loved working with
    Bob over the years thru the Montcalm Dispatch Central Center.

  • Rick and OJ Wing (Monday, February 17 14 04:44 pm EST)

    Thanks for being such a great neighbor and friend of my parents - John and Renee. We loved spending time visiting with you and seeing your ship construction projects. RIP - Love, Rick, OJ and boys

  • CINDY SNYDER (JOHNS) (Monday, February 17 14 08:54 pm EST)


  • LaDeanna Smalley (Tuesday, February 18 14 06:48 pm EST)

    Dear Family, of Bob VanHerp,

    I am saddened to hear of the passing of Bob VanHerp. Praise God he will be welcomed into heaven, for an eternity with his Heavenly Father.
    Bob, was always a happy, positive person and role model when I was a little girl, growing up in Six Lakes. My Dad always enjoyed seeing him around and visiting with him.
    His role as constable was such a wonderful comfort to the town and to my family.
    I remember when my Great Uncle, Merlin Walls, would fall out of his wheelchair or his bed, he could call for help and the Constable.... Bob VanHerp, would go help or call my Dad, Bob Walls, to let
    him know Uncle Merlin needed help.
    I don't remember what, as a young married couple in the late 80's or early 90's, but my husband and I bought something from Bob and Laura, Or maybe we went for something else. BUT, I do remember
    being so proud to "show off" a special man from my childhood to my husband. I am crying for you and praying for you.
    May God comfort you, his family, during this time of grieving.

    LaDeanna (Walls) Smalley
    Big Rapids.

  • Mendy Keim (Wednesday, February 19 14 07:00 am EST)

    You will be greatly missed by all your friends at the Crystal Fountain Restaurant.

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