Robert Rood
1948 - 2021
BORN
1948
DIED
2021
FUNERAL HOME
Zaagman Memorial Chapel Inc
2800 Burton St Se
Grand Rapids, MI
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.
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MEMORIAL EVENTS
Sep
17
Calling hours
1:00p.m. - 3:00p.m.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
134 N. Division, Grand Rapids, MI
Sep
17
Calling hours
6:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
134 N. Division, Grand Rapids, MI
Sep
18
Calling hours
12:30p.m.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
134 N. Division, Grand Rapids, MI
Sep
18
Memorial service
2:00p.m.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
134 N. Division, Grand Rapids, MI
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We will remember his dedication to his patients...always interesting to talk to...we´ve had many great discussions during lunch at the Blodgett cafeteria...I missed him when he left Blodgett...a great doctor and man... his death will be lamented by many of us.
Carlos and Carla Rodriguez
September 16, 2021
My prayers to the family & all who loved him. I was his patient for 39 years, up until his retirement. He was beloved friend as well. The first half of my appts with him were usually spent chatting & catchimg up. RIP Dr. Rude
Denise Moroski
September 16, 2021
You are missed already!
Larry Davis, MD
School
September 15, 2021
I was so sad to hear of Dr. Rood passing. I had been a patient of his for over 30 years. I always looked forward to seeing his smiling face. I appreciated his knowledge and care of my diabetes, he seemed to always be ahead of the game. I'm sure you will all miss him very much. Rest in peace Dr. Rood
Irene Meekhof
September 14, 2021
Robert, Cassie, and boys, My deepest sympathies on the passing of your beloved father (in law) and grandpa. I am holding you all in my heart as you grieve his loss in the time ahead. Much love to you all. ~ Mo
Maureen Hart
September 14, 2021
Dr. Rood took exceptional care of my father for years. He was a Type I diabetic for over 40 years, and always looked forward to seeing Dr. Rood. The good doc took time to show his respects to our family when my father passed away a couple of years ago, and I would like to share my condolences with the Rood family. He touched the lives of many people, including our family. Rest in peace Dr. Rood. Infinite gratitude...always!
Deanna Durr Lautner & Janet Durr
Other
September 14, 2021
I´m so sorry to here about Robert´s passing. We all had so much fun as kids!! Camping in the backyard, building forts in the park, ice skating. Making secret rooms at church. All of you were such a huge part of my childhood!!
Jane Walton Wree
Friend
September 12, 2021
My deepest condolences to Phyllis and the entire family. Robert was a great physician, partner and human being . He will be missed.
Mary Richardson, MD
September 12, 2021
Dr. Rood was my diabetes physician for about 12 years. He was so kind, straight forward, and professional. I really liked him. I´m so sorry for your loss.
Deb Blandford
Work
September 12, 2021
Dr Rood was such a wonderful doctor,person and always treated me in such a friendly way...ill miss that the most. It was always interested to hear about his worldly travels and his lovely family. he always filled me in on his jounreys(w an ear to ear grin). I will cherish his kindness and his HUGE love of LIVE! Plz know he will never be forgotten. May your favorite memories of him help warm your hearts,today and in the days to come.so sorry for you loss. Xoxoxo
Patricia b Lesinski
Work
September 12, 2021
Tish and I are saddened at Bob´s passing. He cared for my mother during her advanced breast cancer in the late 70´s - he likely was the only physician she ever liked and trusted. It doesn´t seem like a long time ago when we last saw you and Bob at our house after the MSU 40th medical school class reunion in 2014. Bob always seemed the same - pleasant, talkative, and funny. May he rest in peace.
Frederick M Vincent Sr, M.D.
School
September 12, 2021
The Roos family was a wonderful family. We loved them all and although Peter was older than I I remember the way he would keep us in line. My blessings to all that loved this man. May his memory be a blessing.
Wendy Barich de Bear
Friend
September 11, 2021
Dr Rood was the best diabetic doctor there was. He took care of my Dad for 20 years and he took care of me for 10 years. I will miss his smiling face. He always made you feel like you mattered. He had a heart of gold.
Linda Sprick
Other
September 11, 2021
God´s blessings to Dr. Rood´s family and friends during this difficult time. I was a patient of Dr. Rood´s for many years. He was an amazing physician and a very caring and kind gentleman. He will be remembered by many.
Joann Kuklewski
Other
September 10, 2021
Very sorry for your loss. I was a rep for Upjohn back in the day and really enjoyed interacting with Dr. Roof. On a trip to Ireland, he brought me back a Waterford Crystal Decanter that I still have in a place of honor. He was a real fine physician and gentleman. He will be missed.
James Kwiatkowski
September 10, 2021
I just want to send my deepest sympathies to your family. Dr. Rood was a fantastic physician and and even better person! I always looked forward to my diabetic appointments with him. And am truly thankful that he helped me be the healthiest diabetic I could be. I love that he always knew what was going on with the football team at East where I work, as the athletic trainer. He always made me feel like a person, not just a patient. Thank you to all of you for sharing him with his patients!!
Courtney VanDeWege
Other
September 10, 2021
Our condolences are extended to the Rood family. Bob was one of the great ones, both as a physician and as a child of God. We have so many memories of our early days at Blodgett. He will be missed.
Jack Dekkinga, MD
Work
September 10, 2021
I was honored to work at Blodgett on Pediatric´s years ago when Dr Rood provided care to many with his caring and professionalism and got to know what a brilliant and wonderful physician he was. He also provided care to my brother with type 1 diabetes for many years with respect and humor. To his wife and family please accept my condolences on your loss of a truly irreplaceable and beautiful person.
Peggy Stelt Merrill
Work
September 9, 2021
We are saddened that Dr Rood has left us. He lived his life with great love for his family, friends, and patients. We have so many fond memories of him and will greatly miss him. We are honored to have known him. Our sympathy goes out to his family. Love Jackie and John Educato
Jackie & John Educato
Work
September 9, 2021
He was one of a kind and I am forever thankful I got the honor to work along side of him. My thought and prayers are with his family and friends.
Carrie Sheppard
September 9, 2021
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