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Memories & Candles

“Bob was the most memorable teacher ever and it is with much gratitude I say "thank you." He had a unique way of stretching the mind so one could...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: rachel lubbers bouwkamp

“He was the best teacher I had at Unity - a great choir director. ”
2 of 10 | Posted by: Maria Dryfhout - Holland, MI

“Bob touched the lives of so many pupils with his debate and choir classes. He made us think and reach for our best selves. He continues to be...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Collene Van Noord - student

“He was my music teacher at Unity in 1968. One day he urged us to listen to the unique sound of individual instruments in a musical composition....Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Sally Emelander - Holland, MI

“What a special man! We enjoyed the choir at CCC over the years and Bob made it lots of fun. He was the guiding light for many.Our thoughts and...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Steve and Toni Channer - CA

“Had him as a music teacher at Unity back in the late 60's. Always enjoyed him and his sense of humor. ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Roger Bouwma - Grand Rapids, MI

“Uncle Bob - you were always very special to me and could always make me laugh. You were thoughtful and gave me some great advice. Before our family...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Jill Orellana - Houston, TX

“Our sympathy is extended to Robert's friends and family, especially his nephew Jon with whom I worked for many years. Robert was a kind and caring...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Sy and Rita Dykhouse - MI

“I enjoyed some wonderfully engaging conversations and interactions with Bob at Unity! His love of music and debate was infectious and his sharing of...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Gary Rillema - Byron center, MI

“Probably one of, if not THE best English teachers I ever had. Witty, human, encouraged one to think critically. ”
10 of 10 | Posted by: Gretchen DeKok - Student


Robert was born on September 24, 1935 and passed away on Sunday, June 3, 2018.

Robert was a resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan at the time of passing.

Robert graduated from Calvin College and went to work as a teacher at Unity Christian High School and at Holland High School where he taught Music and English.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at Cascade Christian Church on Sunday, June 10, with pastor Jill Forton officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the building fund at Cascade Christian.

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