ROBERT E. 'BOB' BEAR, 86 PORTAGE, Mich. - Robert E. "Bob" Bear, 86, passed away Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Rose Arbor Hospice. Bob was born June 17, 1928, in Stephenson County, Illinois, the son of Edward l. and Bessie (Little) Bear. He was a graduate of Forreston (Illinois) Community High School and the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana. He served four years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War Era. Bob was a member Berean Baptist Church and had been a Portage resident since 1963. Prior to his retirement he was employed by First of America Bank Corporation as a Regional Loan Review Manager. On June 15, 1958, he married the former Joyce Frances Smith, who survives. Also surviving are one son, Philip (Diana) Bear of Ypsilanti, MI; 2 grand-daughters, Laura and Sarah Bear; brother, Delbert; sister, Shirley Amodeo; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters; and a brother. Bob enjoyed playing golf and bridge, reading, and traveling with Joyce. He was especially interested in Civil War history. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 7, at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Westside Chapel, 3926 South 9th Street, where a service to celebrate Bob's life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, with Pastor Bill Abernathy officiating. Private family interment will be held in Ft. Custer National Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Berean Baptist Church or the Portage Community Center. Please visit langelands.com to view Bob's personalized guestbook.
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Langeland Family Funeral Homes - Westside Chapel
3926 South 9th Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Published in The Journal-Standard from July 3 to July 4, 2014