Robert E. Ermatinger

EVART — Robert E. Ermatinger passed away on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at his home in Evart.

He was born on July 15, 1925, to Earl Ermatinger and Elsie Tompkins Ermatinger, in Detroit.

Bob moved in with his aunt, Edna, and her husband, Jesse Crisler, on their farm in Luther after his parent's divorce in 1929. He graduated from Luther High School in 1941. He joined the U.S. Navy and served as a radioman in the Pacific at Saipan, Okinawa, and the occupation of Japan. Following the war, he moved to Evart and bought his farm in Osceola Township.

He married Mary Vanderhoef on June 24, 1950. Bob and Mary raised four children, Michael (Patricia), Peter (Rebecca), Beth Steven, and Bruce (Julie) who all survive. He was blessed with eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Mary preceded him in death on Feb. 26, 2014.

Bob retired from farming in 1971 and then worked for the City of Evart, retiring in 1991. He finished his career there as superintendent of the street department. He was well regarded in the community for his work ethic and abilities, in spite of having lost his left hand in a farm accident in 1959.

He loved to draw and paint, and combined this with a wicked sense of humor to draw cartoons that were published in several trade journals related to municipal works. He was always an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing most of his life. He passed on this love and respect of the natural world to his children and to many other relatives and friends that he mentored through the years.

Bob and his wife, Mary, loved to travel the world. They were able to travel to Continental Europe, England and Ireland. Their travels covered much of the U.S. and Canada, and they were fortunate to be able to include their children in many of their adventures. Mexico was their favorite in their last years, and they traveled to Cabo San Lucas 12 different times. Bob always made many new friends on these trips and will be missed by many people from different corners of the world.

A memorial celebration is being planned for later in the summer.