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Robert Dearing

Robert Lee Dearing

Thursday, March 18th, 1937 - Sunday, April 18th, 2021
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Obituary

Robert L. “Bob” Dearing passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at Pine Ridge Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Stevensville.

He was born on March 18, 1937 in Benton Harbor, the only child of Robert E. and Jeannette M. Dearing. Bob graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1955 and went on to Benton Harbor Junior College and completed his education at Western Michigan University. Bob enlisted in the Michigan National Guard and served for eight years. He then joined is father in the family business of Dearing Office Machines later to become Dearing Office Systems.

Bob was a Past President of the St. Joseph Lions Club. He served as Cabinet Secretary for the District Governor and was instrumental in the creation of many other Lions Clubs throughout Southwest Michigan. Bob was a dedicated volunteer with the North Lincoln Baseball Association and the St. Joseph High School Football Boosters.

In 1963 he married “The Love of His Life” Lydia Barnak, and they enjoyed 57 years together. He was father to Robert J. (Michelle) Dearing and Susan Dearing-Bond (Michael). He was also the extremely proud Boppa of three amazing grandchildren: Hailey Bond, Julia Dearing and Robert Dearing.
Bob enjoyed fishing, traveling, golfing and reading. He was also a true dog lover – and never met a dog he didn’t like. Woof!

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those wanting to remember Bob, perform a random act of kindness for a child or a dog. Donations may also be made to St. Joseph First United Methodist Church.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021, at 3PM, at St. Joseph First United Methodist Church, 2950 Lakeview Ave., St. Joseph, with Pastor Dan Colthorp officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, April 24, 2021, from 2PM until time of the service at the church. Covid safety precautions will be taken and masks are required. Those wishing to leave a condolence online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services.



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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, April 24th, 2021 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    When
    Saturday, April 24th, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Location
    St. Joseph First United Methodist Church
    Address
    2950 Lakeview Avenue
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Saturday, April 24th, 2021 | 3:00pm
    When
    Saturday, April 24th, 2021 3:00pm
    Location
    St. Joseph First United Methodist Church
    Address
    2950 Lakeview Avenue
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those wanting to remember Bob, perform a random act of kindness for a child or a dog. Donations may also be made to St. Joseph First United Methodist Church.

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Ralph Newland

Posted at 01:43pm
The Newlands extend our condolences to Bob and the entire Dearing family. I have nothing but fond memories of Mr. Dearing and was sad to read the news in the HP. I can imagine what kind of husband and father he was based on how he supported and was a friend to me, my father, and others on Bob's athletic teams over the years. I know he will be missed.

Ralph Newland
 
RD

Robert Dearing Posted at 09:57pm

Thanks, Ralph. Hope you are well my friend. I’ll be back and forth from SJ a bit this summer. Let’s grab lunch or a beer. Bobd@dearing-group.com.
LW

LINDA MARIE WENDHOLT

Posted at 10:36pm
When we bought our new home on Terra Lane, back in 1985, we knew we were getting a home that would accommodate our growing family….. I was pregnant with our 4th. What we didn’t know is that we were also getting life-long friends and wonderful neighbors. Lydia and Bob truly embodied the definition of a backdoor neighbor. We borrowed eggs, babysat each other’s dogs, swam in their pool, shared recipes and dinners, and traveled to Beijing together.
As Bob became less mobile, we would sit on the patio and enjoy a glass of wine and conversation. Ed and Bob shared many an afternoon, drinking a cup of coffee and solving world problems. What a gift our friendship was! You will be missed….
SM

Shirley and Dick Moeckel

Posted at 04:46pm
Dick and I remember well Bob, our neighbor, walking down the street. He always had something humorous to say and made us smile. Thoughts go to family.
JM

James/Donna Menchinger

Posted at 01:44pm
Donna and Jim Menchinger send our condolences to the family of Bob's and his wife. Bob was a person interested in people and always had something interesting to share. The man with a joke and willing to help out others. Thanks for being Roger Menchingers longtime friend and we too were glad to be a friend of the family and Bob now in the arms of God.
LB

Larry Burkett

Posted at 11:19am
The Burkett family would like to offer condolences to the entire Dearing family. Mr. Dearing played a big role in my life and I can't express how grateful and thankful I have always felt about his presence. Rest in peace and your impact will live on forever.

Larry Burkett
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