Obituary for Robert E. "Bob" Rotach

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Robert E. "Bob" Rotach

December 12, 1934 - April 10, 2018

Robert E. “Bob” Rotach, 83, of Paw Paw, passed away, Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Bronson Battle Creek Hospital in Battle Creek. 

A Celebration of Life Service will be held 2:00 P.M. Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Newell Chapel, 83313 M-51, Decatur with Rev. Alan Flowers officiating. Burial will follow at Harrison Cemetery, Decatur. Friends may visit with the family from Noon until 2:00 P.M. Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Decatur Athletic Boosters or Decatur VFW Post #6248 Ladies Auxiliary. Those wishing to sign Bob’s Memory Book online may do so at www.newellchapel.com. 

Bob was born December 12, 1934 in Decatur to John & Betty (Tintera) Rotach. He graduated from Bangor High School, Class of 1952. On August 4, 1956 he married the former Louise Liles in Bangor. Bob was employed for forty years at National Water Lift in Kalamazoo, retiring in 1996 as supervisor. He was a ‘jack of all trades”, there wasn’t anything that he couldn’t fix. He enjoyed working in his pole barn and his family took advantage of his mechanic & handyman skills. He cherished the time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren. He attended all of their sporting events, missing only one, which conflicted with the World Series Game seven, in which his favorite Chicago Cubs won the title. Besides rooting for the Cubs, Bob enjoyed hunting mushrooms. 

Bob is survived by his son Bob (Kathy) Rotach of Berrien Springs; his daughter Sandi (Kyle) Christensen of Decatur; his son-in-law Tim Wiles of Decatur; six grandchildren-Amanda (Thomas) Lamkin, Samantha Wiles, Josh Wiles, Chelsea Wiles, Shelby Christensen, Jordan Christensen; four great-grandchildren-Isabella, Duncan, Isaiah & Caedym Huntley; his sister Edna Fricano of Orland Hills, IL; and numerous nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Louise on March 30, 2015, daughter Deborah Wiles, son Timmy Rotach, grandson Timmy Wiles, great-grandson Roland Huntley, & siblings-Milton & Wes Marik, Helen Hill & Esther (Joe) Cipri.

 

 

 

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Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Service Information

Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018

Time: 2:00 pm

Newell Chapel

Address:

83313 M-51
Decatur, Michigan 49045

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Cemetery Information

Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018

Burial at Harrison Cemetery will follow services at the funeral home.


Memorial Information

Memorials in Bob’s name may be made to the Decatur Athletic Boosters


 

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Born: December 12, 1934
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Dody. Sperry burr posted on 4/21/18

Hey there bob I'm sorry to hear about your dad's passing, my prayers are there for you, he was the sweetest guy , I loved knowing him for all the years we grew up as neighbors,

 

James S Rousonelos posted on 4/15/18

My condolences go out to the entire family of Bob Rotach. May he rest in peace. He was a very kind, calm man who valued family, country and God. His son, Bob is my sister Kathy''s husband, and I wish them the best through these difficult times. God bless you all....James

 

Kathy Fleming posted on 4/15/18

Bob will always be a big part of my fondest memories! His daughter, Deb, was my best friend. I was always felt welcomed at the Rotach home. I will never forget the boat trips on the St. Joe River, the camping trips at Indian Rivers and seeing the Cross of The Woods Shrine. My fondest trip was to Wyoming! I'm sure he wasn't fond of leaving his daughter Deb and I at the dude ranch for 3 months but he sure had a rip roaring time when he came back to pick us up! I will never forget his smile or his humor. I love you, Wobert Wotach! ;) I am blessed to have known you and been part of your family.

 

Kathy Fleming posted on 4/15/18

Bob will always be a big part of my fondest memories! His daughter, Deb, was my best friend. I was always felt welcomed at the Rotach home. I will never forget the boat trips on the St. Joe River, the camping trips at Indian Rivers and seeing the Cross of The Woods Shrine. My fondest trip was to Wyoming! I'm sure he wasn't fond of leaving his daughter Deb and I at the dude ranch for 3 months but he sure had a rip roaring time when he came back to pick us up! I will never forget his smile or his humor. I love you, Wobert Wotach! ;) I am blessed to have known you and been part of your family.

 

Diane posted on 4/14/18

God takes another angel to heaven and we loose another great person. Bob would always help you in any way he could. He would enjoy shooting the breeze with you on any topic. He was courteous by starting his noisy tasks later in the morning as he realized not everyone got up at 4A.M. like he did. He could be found working in his yard or tinkering around in his barn. Bob could also send one in a state of panic as he would take his leaf blower up on the roof of his house to blow the leaves off it. He always seemed happy to get something that you cooked or baked and he enjoyed fresh tomatoes from the garden. He will be greatly missed by family and friends, but now he gets to be reunited with the love of his life, Louise. Two of the best neighbors anyone could ever ask for. God bless both of them.

 

Krin posted on 4/12/18

I am so grateful that God gave me the opportunity to get to know Bob. He was not only my neighbor, he was my friend, as was his wife Louise. He was funny, kind, generous, always willing to help! From time to time he would come over on his tractor and plow out our driveway for us in the winter. We would come over and visit him every so often and sit out on his back porch and drink a Pepsi and talk about the Cubs, the weather, politics, the crazies in our neighborhood....lol. I love Bob and his family! They are all great people! I am thankful that I had the opportunity to get to know him! I'm going to miss his smile and his infectious laugh. I am going to miss seeing him out mowing his yard and giving me a kind wave. It's not going to be the same without him here, but I know he is with Louise and they are in a better place! We love and miss you dearly Bob?

 

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