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Robert Peter Lingaur, 88, of Lake Leelanau passed away Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 at Tendercare of Leelanau with his loving family at his side.
Robert was born Oct. 14, 1928 in Lake Leelanau the son of Peter and Nina (Johnson) Lingaur. On Sept. 2, 1950 at Holy Rosary Parish of Isadore he married his loving wife of 58 years, Mary Martha (Popa) Lingaur, who preceded him in death on Feb. 14, 2009.
Robert was a life-long supporter of St. Mary's School and Church. He graduated with the class of 1947 where he was an avid high school basketball and baseball player. Robert was the fourth generation of Lingaurs to work the family centennial farm. The farm was originated by Robert's great-grandfather, Peter, in Nov. 15, 1863 and the farm will celebrate its 154th anniversary this November.
Robert was a man with a strong work ethic. He worked two jobs to support the family. He worked at Parsons and later worked at Cone Drive, retiring in Nov. 1990 after decades of service. During his time at Parsons and Cone Drive, he also ran the family farm. Robert would schedule his vacation time from his job to work the harvest at the farm. He was a proud cherry farmer and loved showing it off to friends and family.
Robert loved deer hunting and fishing whether casting a line or waiting for a pop-up on the ice. He was an avid Detroit Tigers fan, loved his baseball cap with the Tiger's old English D and his John Deere tractors.
He was a man of hard work, deep faith and unending love for his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Robert is survived by his five children, Gary L. (Patti) Lingaur, Ronald D. (Genevieve) Lingaur, Sharon M. (Christopher) Gelmini, Gregory J. Lingaur, Mary Ann L. (Joseph) Smith; eight grandchildren; one step-grandchild; five great-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Martha; his son, Robert T. Lingaur, Jr.; a brother, Louis Lingaur; and his parents.
Visitation will be held today, Sept. 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. with the Rosary to be prayed at 7 p.m. at St. Mary's Church of Lake Leelanau. The mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13 also at St. Mary's with the family greeting friends at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. Father Bryan Medlin will serve as celebrant.
Memorials may be directed to St. Mary's School, P.O. Box 340, Lake Leelanau, MI 49653 and/or Mass Intentions.
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Published on September 12, 2017
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