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Robert Frank Sharp

Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Death 18 Jan 2017 (aged 79)
Royal Oak, Oakland County, Michigan, USA
Burial Berkley, Oakland County, Michigan, USA
Memorial ID 175485575 · View Source
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Robert Frank Sharp, age 79, passed away January 18, 2017. Bob was born March 18, 1937, in Detroit, the only child of the late Frank M. and Florence Syble Reid Sharp.

Bob's mother died when he was an infant, and he was raised by her sister and husband in Ironwood for several years. Although Bob returned in the early '40s to Detroit, where he was raised by his father and stepmother, Vera Mack Sharp, he returned annually, for many years, to his childhood hometown.

Bob met the two greatest loves of his life as a young boy. He loved engineering and would oftentimes as a child disassemble household appliances, then reassemble them in an effort to learn how each worked. Most importantly, Bob met Diane Louise Grant when he was about 12 years old at Bushnell Congregational Church, in a Sunday School class led by his father.

Bob graduated in 1955 from Thomas M. Cooley High School and spent one year at the University of Michigan, prior to two years of service in the Navy.

Through it all, his one ceaseless desire was to be married to Diane, one that came true on July 12, 1958. The couple, who had four children, made a life for themselves in Royal Oak. The early years were challenging but rewarding. Bob attended night classes at Lawrence Technological University, where he graduated in 1964, while helping Diane to raise their children and working full-time at Stromberg Electric Company. He was a proud employee of Ford Motor Company where he worked for 35 years, beginning in the summer of 1955 at the River Rouge Plant Iron Foundry and continuing in 1964. He served in his early years on the company's racing program and worked most of his career at the Engine and Electrical Engineering Building in Dearborn.

He attended First Presbyterian Church of Royal Oak where he had served as a deacon. Survivors include wife, Diane; daughter, Lori Stewart; daughter, Cheryl Priemer; son and daughter-in-law, Robert Grant and Jennifer Karr Sharp; son and daughter-in-law, Harold and Kristin Lentner Sharp; grandchildren, Matthew Stewart, Shannon (Derek) Spencer, Nicholas (Jenna) Nowaczewski, Joseph Nowaczewski, James Priemer, Robert James Sharp, Bryan Sharp, Dale Sharp, Brenden Sharp and Hayden Sharp; and great-grandchild Eleanor Spencer.

The family will receive friends Friday 6-9 p.m. at A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 2600 Crooks Road, 248-362-2500.

The Funeral Service will be on Saturday 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church Royal Oak, 529 Hendrie Blvd. Visiting at church begins 10:30 a.m.

Memorial tributes to Salvation Army or Disabled American Veterans.

A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Homes




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