Rood, Robert Robert Sidney Rood, beloved physician, husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, friend, and neighbor completed his earthly life's journey in Grand Rapids, Michigan on September 3, 2021. Born in Gladwin, Michigan in 1948, Robert spent his early years in Houghton Lake and later attended Ypsilanti High School. He graduated from Michigan State University in 1970 with a degree in chemistry and attended Michigan State University School of Medicine, graduating in March 1974. In August 1974, he and Phyllis married, and he began his internship/residency at Blodgett/St. Mary's in Grand Rapids. Robert began practicing internal medicine in 1978, but his professional life would be dedicated to the study, research, and treatment of diabetes. In June 1983, he and Phyllis, along with their three young sons, moved to Boston, where he completed a fellowship at the Joslin Clinic, earning a specialty in diabetology. They returned to Grand Rapids, where he practiced with Grand Rapids Associated Internists until 2014. In July 2014, he joined the Wege Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology. Dr. Rood served as a board member for the American Diabetes Association
for many years and mentored many health care professionals in the area of diabetes. His passion for the health of his patients was well known, and many patients felt he was part of their family. A dedicated parishioner at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, Robert served as an acolyte and loved listening to the organ. He always smiled after Greg's postludes, with the bass reverberating in the sanctuary. Robert's retirement from medicine in February 2020 allowed him to spend more time with his family and pursue his passions: visiting with grandchildren, cheering on his beloved MSU Spartans, reading up on various historical topics, keeping up-to-date on the latest Apple product news, tending his gardens, and shopping for gadgets on Amazon. He was predeceased by his father Rev. Sidney S. Rood, mother Betty E. (Strohkirch) Rood; brother Michael Rood; mother-in-law Nellie (Vande Kamp) Pauzenga, and father-in-law Charles Pauzenga. He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Phyllis G. Rood; sons Robert M. (Cassandra) of Grand Rapids; Bryan P. (Kari) of St. Petersburg, FL; and David S. (Lindsey) of Grand Rapids; eight grandchildren, Robert C., Phineas, Magnus, and Xavier Rood; Mackenzie and Ashby Rood; and Phalen and Theodore Rood; brothers Peter G. Rood of Higgins Lake, and Stephen G. (Jill) Rood of Grosse Ile, and niece Sarah Rood of Wyandotte; sisters-in-law Linda (William) Glover of Nokomis, FL; Donna Pauzenga of Grand Rapids; nephews Michael (Constantina) Glover of Aldie, VA; and Matthew (Melody) Glover of Hollywood, FL; and longtime colleagues and dear friends Susan Owen and Nancy Wolotira of Grand Rapids. Special thanks to Robert's pulmonary physician, Dr. Jeffrey Wilt, for his many years of friendship and excellent care. Robert will be remembered for his dedication to his family and his work, and his fun-loving, adventuresome spirit. The family will be available on Friday, Sept. 17th, from 1:00 to 3:00 PM and from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 134 N. Division, Grand Rapids. The memorial service will be held at St. Mark's on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 2:00 PM, with the family present at 12:30 PM. Robert's ashes will be interred in St. Mark's columbarium following the service. Parking will be available in the church lot, and in the Pearl/Ionia ramp at 28 Pearl St. NW. For those unable to attend, Robert's service will be live-streamed through both St. Mark's Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/stmarksgr ) and YouTube channel ( https://www.youtube.com/c/StMark'sGR ) In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to one of the following organizations: The Outreach Program at St. Mark's; the American Diabetes Association
(P.O. Box 7023 Merrifield, VA 22116-7023 or go online to, https://www.diabetes.org/donate/by-mail
); or Mr. Gordy's Read-to-Ride (568 Morris Ave SE 49503). Envelopes will be available in the Parish hall.
Published by Grand Rapids Press from Sep. 9 to Sep. 12, 2021.