Bob, as he was most often known, attended local schools and went on to graduate from Cooley High School in the early fifties.
entire life Bob
highly valued education.
After graduating from high school he went on to earn his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.
From there he earned his law degree from University of Michigan, but he never took the bar exam or practiced law.
Not to be forgotten during his
years as a young man was Bob's introduction to the young woman who would forever hold the key to his
heart while he
was at Michigan State University
A dating relationship ensued, and it wasn't long before Bob
and Shirley were deeply in love.
It was also as a young man that Bob served in the United States Air Force during the Bay of Pigs campaign.
was deployed to Cuba, he
only made it as far as Florida before his
mission was called off.
A savvy businessman, Bob
had a successful career.
He served as vice president of Advance Mortgage Company in Detroit.
When they were later sold to Citicorp
, they were going to transfer him to Toronto.
did not want to raise his
boys in Canada, they moved to a cabin on the Little Manistee River in Irons and purchased the Big Bass Lake store in 1974.
Soon after, he
opened Irons Real Estate office.
A vital part of the community, Bob
developed several associations on lakes around Irons, and was an integral part of the development of Skinner Park on the Irons Tourist Association
During their later years Bob
and Shirley also had a home in Big Pine Key, Florida, where they spent their winters.
They developed a close friendship with Bob
and Linda Whaley while in Florida.
was a nature lover who appreciated everything about being outdoors.
children, and later his
grandchildren, all about land conservancy both in word and in deed as he
purchased a former ski area called Ward Hills and developed it into a private community.
loved the water and recreation, and had his
nautical captain's license, which would allow him to fish the big waters both in Michigan and Florida.
enjoyed vintage cars, and he
watched the Tigers and Red Wings when he
loved traveling, especially to Cuba and the Caribbean.
would have loved to go back to Cuba and was excited to have been there when they kicked the "gringos" out.
In fact, Bob
was one of the last to leave.