Robert D. " Bob" Doring, 78, of Midland, died Saturday evening, Oct. 13, 2012, after a lengthy battle with many health issues. He was born July 23, 1934, in Kalamazoo, son of the late Karl and Margaret (Dunford) Doring.
Bob was a graduate of the Kendall School of Design. He married the former Sandra Stover on Jan. 23, 1960, in Grand Rapids. He worked in Creative Services at McKay Press from February 1963 until January of 1987, and then for Pendall Printing and retired from there. Bob served with the U.S. Army from 1955-1958 and was stationed in Germany. He was a member of the Midland American Legion Berryhill Post # 165, was an avid gunsmith, enjoyed hunting and fishing, motorcycles, gardening and spending time with his family.
Bob is survived by his wife, Sandra; one daughter, Marcia Balcirak of Midland; and one brother, Michael (Mary) Doring of Colorado. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Joanna (David) Waun and Kaitlyn; a nephew, Jeff Havens of Laingsberg; by his brother-in-law, James (Kathy) Stover of Belmont; an aunt, Erma Tiffany in Florida; and by many great-nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by one sister, JoAnn Havens.
In honoring Bob's wishes cremation has taken place and a memorial service will take place at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 from the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home, 1200 W. Wheeler St. The Rev. Mark Miller, of Aldersgate Methodist Church, will officiate. Bob's family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 12:30 p.m. until time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the
in Bob's memory.