Of Munith, Michigan, age 59, died unexpectedly on Friday, February 16, 2024. Bob is survived by his wife, Amy, who he lovingly referred to as his “little one”. He and Amy had been inseparable since 1982 when they were officially “going together”, and married June 22, 1985. Bob is also survived by his two children, Jessica Lynae (Cody Wayne) Deladurantaye of Stockbridge; Nathan Andrew Dunlap of Kalamazoo; two amazing grandchildren, Aiden Layne and Melody Lynn;  sister-in-law, Kathy Lynn & Charles Douglas Mullins; brother-in-law William Randal & Maureen Sword; and many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and mother-in-law, William & Norma Sword; and the people who treated him like a son, Allyn & Lois Thurston. His family meant everything to him.

Bob worked briefly at Guardian Alarm, followed by NSK, where he was awarded a steamfitter/pipefitter apprenticeship. Prior to NSK closing, Bob moved to Ford Visteon before moving to the University of Michigan Hospital for over 12 years. He also obtained his plumbing license and worked at the U of M campus, where he has worked ever since. His work buddies were like a second family to him, along with several salt water tank customers, especially Mike Kinnaird, Phil Duncan, and Jeff Gallatin. Bob was an incredibly loving and devoted husband, father, and papaw. His generosity was second to none, and his work ethic, high morals, and love of God were evident to all who met or knew him.

A memorial service was be held Thursday, February 22, 4:00 pm at Cole Funeral Chapel, Chelsea, MI, with Rev. Jeff Crowder officiating.  Memorial contributions may be made to the family.

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