Robert Neal Lamb, 91, of Traverse City, passed peacefully on to heaven on Saturday, June 24, 2017 while surrounded by his loving family. Robert was born the son of a Wesleyan Methodist pastor, the late Rev. William, and Lilah (Reed) Lamb in Bendon on June 22, 1926.
Bob honorably served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was stationed in the Pacific as a Motor Machinist's Mate.
He married Mary L. Gould on Oct. 22, 1946 in Bay City, and they enjoyed 68 years of marriage. Together they lovingly raised one son, Elden.
Upon his return from the Navy Bob went to work for Cone Drive Textron as a talented machinist for over 38 years.
Bob was a lifetime member of Cherryland VFW Post #2780, Bayview Wesleyan Church (founded by his father) and the Snowbirds Snowmobile Club.
Bob loved his family, church and many close friends. He was a passionate snowmobiler until age 75 and averaged 1,500 miles per year with daily rides, frequently totaling up to 200 miles. Bob equally enjoyed summers with lifelong friends on Silver Lake by swimming, boating and waterskiing, which he did until well into his 60s. On summer weekends Bob, with Mary and Elden, frequently transported the boat for outings on Torch, Elk, Bellaire and Leelanau lakes. This love of water enjoyment was passed on to their two granddaughters who spent many weekends splashing, laughing and waterskiing on Silver Lake.
For 15 years Bob and Mary spent their winters in Chino Valley, Arizona, where they regularly worshipped at Prescott First Church of the Nazarene.
Until reunited in heaven, Bob leaves behind his wife, Mary; son, Elden; daughter-in-law, Sharon; granddaughters, Shaina (fiance, Mark Tavares) and Shelby (fiance, Tyler Huizenga); sister, Marie Hart; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Bob joins his brother-in-law, Raymond Junior Hart; his parents; and his brother, Leo.
Heartfelt thanks are sent by Bob's family to the caregivers at Culver Meadows AFC for the compassionate attention shown to Bob throughout his two-year stay.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 9, 2017, at 2 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, with Pastor Jerry Mitchell officiating. Visitation will begin prior to the service at 1 p.m. Interment will take place at the Inland Township Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of Michigan.
Kindly share thoughts and memories with Robert's family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
Published on July 2, 2017