Robert Dale "Bob" Humbert

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Robert Dale "Bob" Humbert Battle Creek Robert Dale "Bob" Humbert died on June 12, 2012, at the Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice Residence following a short battle with cancer. Bob was born on November 29, 1937 to Reverend Morton Dale Humbert and Frances Elizabeth (Longston) Humbert in Ravenna, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, David Fitzgerald Humbert and a sister, Mary Humbert Klinger. On November 29, 1963 Bob married Georgia Fitzgerald (deceased) and that marriage ended in divorce. On July 29, 1978 he married Dortha "Dottie" Humbert, who survives. Also surviving are his son, Steven Robert Humbert of Seattle, Washington; his brother Reverend John O. (JoAnne) Humbert of Highland Heights, Ohio and Sarasota, Florida; his sister Margaret (Richard) Knowlton of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina and Dublin, Ohio; several nieces and nephews, and his well-loved cats, Charro and Princess. Bob graduated from Harrison High School in Harrison, Ohio in 1955; earned his Bachelor's and Master's of Science degrees in 1960 and 1962 from The Ohio State University and his Ph. D. in Microbiology from The University of Missouri in 1971. His career included 6 years at Campbell Soup Company and 26 years with the Kellogg Company, retiring in 1997. While at the Kellogg Company, he travelled extensively and wore many hats, including that of Research Microbiologist, Manager of Food Safety, Manager of Ingredient Specifications, and Manager of Food Labeling. After retirement, he continued to work as a consultant for the company for 3 years. While working for Kellogg's, and continuing into retirement, he served as a board member of the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) based in Arlington, Virginia for 9 years, including 6 years as secretary to the Board. He also spoke at many conferences sponsored by the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Research Program (FAARP) headquartered at the University of Nebraska. Bob served as a docent at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo for 8 years, delighting in sharing his love of aviation and in learning new things from visitors to the museum and other docents. Bob's intense love of aviation resulted in his building and flying his own airplane, a Pietenpol Air Camper, which was designed in 1929. He worked on the plane for 38 years and flew it for 2 years before donating it to the Kalamazoo Air Zoo where it will hang on display in the new Restoration Center. He has been a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association since 1965 and attended many of the EAA conventions, both in Rockford, Illinois and Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Music and singing have always been another love of Bob's. He and Dottie met when he joined the Battle Creek Community Chorus in 1976. At the time of his death he was completing his 2nd 3-year term on the Music Center's Board of Directors. Over the years he sang in various church choirs including most recently the Chancel Choir of First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. Since 1988, Bob has been involved in competitive hot air ballooning as a scoring official. His and Dottie's involvement in ballooning has taken them to Canada, Japan, Australia, Austria, and Hungary as well as to many cities in the U.S., resulting in friendships with people from all over the country and the world. Other interests included reading, history, travelling overseas and in their motorhome throughout the United States, visiting and hiking in many national parks, kayaking on various rivers and lakes, and working in the woods on their property. To celebrate Bob's life, a private memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 7, followed by an open informal gathering for all of Bob and Dottie's friends from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. in the Courtyard of First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Air Zoo, 6151 Portage Rd., Portage, MI 49002; Battle Creek Community Chorus through the Music Center, P.O. Box 1613, Battle Creek, 49016 or Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice Residence, 166 E. Goodale Ave, Battle Creek, MI 49037. Arrangements are by the Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home. Personal messages for the family may be placed at

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on June 17, 2012
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