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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