|Death: ||Sep. 6, 2010|
Bob, 79, of Bath, MI. passed away Monday. A native of Hesperia, Michigan, he attended a one room country school where his love of nature and adventure began. During the Korean Conflict, he served as postmaster for four years aboard the USS Jupiter in the Pacific theatre. He always said that was a job where "everyone was happy to see you." While on board the USS Jupiter, he and his shipmates set the US naval record for most continuous days at sea. After his honorable discharge, he went on to earn bachelors and masters degrees in wildlife biology from Michigan State University. He taught biology at Okemos and Bath High Schools for a total of 31 years where his sense of humor and engaging personality made him a favorite among students. Bob's dedication to teaching went beyond the classroom, encouraging students to set and achieve higher goals.
After retirement, Bob volunteered for 10 years as a docent at the Michigan Historical Museum. He was an active member of his church where he served as head usher for 10 years. Bob also liked dancing. He and his wife, Darlene greatly enjoyed their participation in Les Danseurs.
An avid traveler and outdoorsman, Bob was also a life-long bird watcher with over 800 species sighted on five continents. He is survived by his equally adventurous wife of 52 years, Darlene and his three children, Ted Bullerdick, Nancy Kupina, and Valerie Barth, and seven grandchildren. With kindness, humor, love of learning and teaching, and reverence for nature, Bob was a man of integrity and faith and a friend to all. His ability to connect with people was his special gift.
A memorial service was held Saturday, September 11 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, East Lansing.
Arrangements by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Eastminster Presbyterian Church in memory of Bob, or the charity of one's choice.
Published in Lansing State Journal on September 9, 2010
Created by: Theron & Helen Smith
Record added: Sep 08, 2010
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