Robert E. Ermatinger passed away Tuesday June 10, 2014 at his home in Evart. He was born July 15, 1925 to Earl Ermatinger and Elsie Tompkins Ermatinger in Detroit, Michigan.
Bob moved in with his aunt Edna and her husband Jesse Crisler on their farm in Luther after his parents divorce in 1929. He graduated from Luther High School in 1941. He joined the United States Navy and served as a radioman in the Pacific at Saipan, Okinawa and the occupation of Japan. Following the war he moved to Evart and bought his farm in Osceola Township. He married Mary Vanderhoef June 24th, 1950. Bob and Mary raised 4 children, Michael (Patricia), Peter (Rebecca), Beth (Steven), and Bruce (Julie) who all survive. He was blessed with 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Mary preceded him in death on February 26, 2014.
Bob retired from farming in 1971 and then worked for the City of Evart, retiring in 1991. He finished his career there as Superintendent of the Street Department. He was well regarded in the community for his work ethic and abilities, in spite of having lost his left hand in a farm accident in 1959. he loved to draw and paint, and combined this with a wicked sense of humor to draw cartoons that were published in several trade journals related to Municipal Works. He was always an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing most of his life. He passed on this love and respect of the natural world to his children and to many other relatives and friends that he mentored through the years.
Bob and his wife Mary loved to travel the world. They were able to travel to Continental Europe, England, and Ireland. Their travels covered much of the United States and Canada, and they were fortunate to be able to include their children in many of their adventures. Mexico was their favorite in their last years, when they traveled to Cabo San Lucas 12 different times. Bob always made many new friends on these trips, and will be missed by many people from different corners of the world.
A memorial Celebration is being planned for later in the summer.