Robert Myron Haefele, 76, of Marshall, passed away on November 11, 2020 at Ascension Borgess in Kalamazoo with his beloved wife Sharon by his side.
Bob was born on July 17, 1944 in Chicago, IL to Willard Harry and Elizabeth V. (Kershner) Haefele. The family moved to Albion then Marshall in 1946. Bob attended Marshall Public Schools. During his junior year in high school Bob and several friends decided that quitting high school and getting a job was the path for them! Every job Bob applied for told him to "come back when you get your high school diploma." Bob picked up on that concept and returned to summer school to catch up and graduated with the Marshall High School Class of 1964 (with his future wife!).
Bob met Sharon Wood when she was in seventh grade. In high school he dated her best friend for a while, but Sharon caught Bob's eye! They were married on October 2, 1964 in Marshall and have made their home here.
He went to work at Eaton Corporation in Marshall, first in the shop. His career at Eaton's evolved to being a semi truck driver for the company. Bob enjoyed that job until the plant closed when he was 55. He then went to work at Felpausch Foods as a semi-truck driver until his retirement.
He was a lifelong member of Trinity Episcopal Church and was a past member of the Trinity Vestry. Bob was an outdoorsman who looked forward to every deer season! He enjoyed fishing. He liked to golf and played in both the Moose League at Alwyn Downs and in the "Old Timer's" League at Tomac Woods. He was a Lifetime Member of Moose Lodge #676. In his later years he enjoyed trap shooting, competing with his grandson Noah. Bob liked to attend AKC Dog Shows with his granddaughter Mara and his beloved dog Trip. His family was his greatest love and joy in life. Anything with them was well enjoyed. Bob and Sharon made sure to be at all the kids and grandkids events.
Bob restored a 1952 Farmall Super M Tractor that was given to him by his father-in-law Wendell Wood. He participated in antique tractor shows and pulls. These events at Cornwell's Turkeyville and the Calhoun County Fair were special for all the family to attend. The Farmall was a perfect gift from Wendell, whom Bob looked upon as his father.
Robert is survived by his wife Sharon, their daughters Marcy (Joanie Bassler) Haefele and Lori (Steve Robinson) Haefele; their grandchildren Amanda (Jon) Rodriguez , Mara Brown , Noah Brown , and Jon Bassler; their great-grandchildren Jayla Battles, Kylee Battles, Lauren Battles: his brother Garey (Linda) Haefele; his mother-in-law Beverly Wood and brother-in-law Dr. Thomas Wood ; and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother Elizabeth V. "Betty" Haefele and father Willard H. Haefele and his father-in-law Wendell Wood.
Due to the current pandemic conditions a private graveside funeral service will be held at Rice Creek Cemetery with Rev. Mother Anne Schnaare of Trinity Episcopal Church officiating.
A Celebration Of Bob's life will be announced after pandemic restrictions ease.
The family suggests that you remember Bob with a memorial contribution to Trinity Episcopal Church, 101 E. Mansion Street, Marshall, MI 49068. trinityofmarshall.org .
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Trinity Episcopal Church
101 E. Mansion Street, Marshall MI 49068