Robert Edward Boone
Robert Edward Boone passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on March 10, 2013 after an extended illness. While this is a time of sadness, he would have everyone reflect on what it means to live, to be positive, and to have an enthusiasm for life.
Bob was a unique person with a big personality who positively impacted many people. He was kind, generous, caring, loving, and a "hugger." He loved hunting, fishing, skiing, traveling and golfing, and always had a story related to one or more of those pursuits. Bob was born February 20, 1933 to Josephine and Richard Boone in Elyria, Ohio, the oldest of three sons. Bob grew up very poor, his sense of charity and generosity formed by his circumstances and his family's reliance on St. Vincent De Paul and the Salvation Army. Bob's father died when he was 8, where he was called upon to grow up quickly and take care of his family. His ability to take care of family, friends and those in need never left him. Bob wanted three things in his life: to travel and have adventure, to be a success in life, and to have a loving family. He accomplished all three. After high school, Bob joined the Navy and served during the Korean War
on the aircraft carrier Princeton. This was Bob's first experience in seeing the world through the various ports of call during his service; he subsequently traveled the world throughout his life with family, friends and colleagues. Upon being honorably discharged after four years of service, Bob went to Bowling Green State University on the GI Bill, earning a BA in Business. His early career was in insurance, working for Lumberman's Mutual and Western Reserve Life in increasingly responsible roles. Bob started in insurance because his father did not have any when he passed away, and Bob felt a sense of responsibility to help people be secure financially given the circumstances he faced. Bob went on to start four different businesses, being called a "serial entrepreneur" by Inc. magazine. His last business was his most successful, serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Questar Capital Corporation in Ann Arbor. Bob never lost his sense of charity while being successful in business; knowing he was fortunate for his good fortune, he donated one-quarter of his company's profits every year to charity. Bob gave his time in addition to his money. He was especially proud of his jail ministry through St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Ann Arbor.
Bob is survived by his wife, the "love of his life," Shirley; daughters Chris (Nick) Bruton, Linda (Douglas) Smith, and Janet (Michael) Turner; step-daughter Kirsten (Christopher) Parin; grandchildren David, Kerry, Meaghan, Emily, and Laura; brothers William (Sheila) and Gerald (Betty); numerous nieces and nephews; and former wife Patricia Lindow.
Bob was preceded in death by parents Josephine and Richard, daughter Sharon, and son Robert.
Visitation will be from 5-8 pm on Wednesday, March, 13 2013 at Nie Family Funeral Home, 3767 W. Liberty Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. The funeral mass will be at 11:30 am on Thursday, March, 14 2013 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2250 E. Stadium Boulevard, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. Burial will be at Arborcrest Cemetery in Ann Arbor immediately following mass.
In lieu of flowers and to celebrate Bob's spirit of giving, please make a donation in memory of Bob to the
or to the Brain Tumor Research Fund at the University of Michigan, c/o Larry Junck, M.D., 1914 Taubman Center #5316, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5316.
Please visit Bob's personal webpage at www.niefuneralhomes.com
to leave a memory.