Robert J. Nankee

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Robert J. Nankee, 85, of Midland, passed away Wednesday morning, Oct. 4, 2017 at Stratford Pines Nursing Center, following injuries received in an automobile accident in July of this year. The son of the late Fred E. and Adeline (Kolberg) Nankee was born in Ludington, April 13, 1932 where he was raised and educated. Bob served in the U.S. Army. He attended Michigan Tech where he received his Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering in 1954. Bob then went to work for The Dow Chemical Co. until retiring in 1992 after 35 years of service. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church for over 60 years, a register professional engineer, a member of Kiwassee Kiwanis Club and The Jayvestor investment club. Bob enjoyed traveling, going to his cabin which he hand built on Mahskeekee Lake, riding his Jeep to Beaver Pond. He was an avid Detroit Tigers fan, enjoyed fishing and hunting, but most of all reading to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. On Sept. 28, 1955 Bob married the former Jane C. Safford. She died in 1997.

Surviving are his sons, Robert J. (Cindy) Nankee II of Canton, Seth (Connie) Nankee of Clarkston; grandchildren, Adam, Laura, Kimberly, Claire, Kevin; five great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Thomas Runkel. In addition to his parents and wife, Bob was preceded in death by his sister, Lois Runkel.

Funeral services for Robert will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Gerald Ferguson officiating. Interment will follow in Midland City Cemetery. Family will receive guests at Wilson MILLER Funeral Home, 4210 N. Saginaw Road, Midland on Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be offered to Trinity Lutheran Church or Kiwassee Kiwanis Club. Personal messages of condolence maybe offered to the family at

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Midland, MI 48640
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Published in Midland Daily News on Oct. 5, 2017