Life Story / Obituary
Robert John Dornbush of Whitehall, MI (formerly of West Olive) passed away on May 10, 2020 at Spectrum Health Renucci Hospice House in Grand Rapids following complications of surgery. He was preceded in death by his daughter Lynda Kay DeVries in 2012 and his parents, John and Dorothy Dornbush. Robert is survived by Gayle, his wife of 55 years; sons, Jeffery Dornbush and Ronald (Daniela) Dornbush; grandchildren, Kaleigh, Erik and Jordan Dornbush; niece, JoAnn (Roy) Kartes; cousin, Darlene VanderWest; sister-in-law, Joan Collis; and many tractor buddies and friends. Bob retired from Consumers Energy Campbell Plant with 29 years of service. He served as Captain with the Port Sheldon Fire Dept, and was a fire fighter for Eggelston Township Fire Dept. Always passionate for the fire service and safety along with community service. His collection of antique fire trucks were a novelty he likes to share with everyone, especially the tiller-ed aerial truck for trips to the Ice Cream shop. His sport of hunting, fishing and trail riding took him on many wilderness journeys. After retirement he was happiest helping friends and neighbors with outdoor projects on his 'big blue' tractor. Bob was always extremely proud of his children and grandchildren, never missing an opportunity to lovingly talk about their latest accomplishments. In his workshop he spent many hours creating wood projects and gifts for family and friends, giving them with pride. He loved talking with everyone and always had a good story to tell. Celebration of life service will be planned at a later date due to current circumstances and limitations. In lieu of flowers or mementos we would like support donations go to: Spectrum Health Hospice and Palliative Care, 290 Ransom Ave NE Grand Rapids, 49503 or the American Bladder Cancer Society for research. 339 1/2 Main Street, Suite 2 B, Dalton MA,01226-1612. Bladder cancer is the third highest cancer for men and fifth highest for women.