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Robert Molhoek

Robert Jay "Bob" Molhoek

Monday, July 28th, 1930 - Monday, July 13th, 2020
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Obituary

Robert J “Bob” Molhoek

7-28-1930 to 7-13-2020.

Bob was born in his mothers sewing room in Grand Rapids, MI, the youngest of five children. He was charming and outgoing lad and was involved in many extracurricular activities.

Bob married his high school sweetheart, Doris J. Menish on February 17, 1951. Bob and Doris were married for 66 years when she died in 2017. They moved to St. Joseph, MI in 1955 when he was offered an insurance agent position with Larry Bell Insurance Agency. As his career grew, Bob became a partner and the co-owner of Insurance Management System which still exists today.

Bob was very involved in many organizations throughout his life including Berrien County Republican Party, Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan, Memorial/Lakeland Hospital Board, The United Way Board, The Follies, Berrien Hills Quartet, Crooked Lake Association, long time member of The First Congregational Church of St. Joseph and first campaign manager for Fred Upton.

Bob’s family and friends will remember him as a warm, fun, generous, kind, funny man who had a zest for life, was a great storyteller and had a smile and friendly greeting to all he met.

Bob is pre-deceased by his siblings John, Irene, Harold and Jim, by his wife Doris, son Steve and daughter Barb.

Bob is survived by his children Felicia Givens and Carolyn Molhoek, daughter-in-law Mary Ann Ahrens, grandchildren Jen Hieb, Brad Molhoek, Devon Early and Anna Early and very special great-grandson William Molhoek.

A Celebration of Life Graveside Service will take place at 12:00 PM, Saturday, July 18, 2020 at Riverview Cemetery, St Joseph with Pastor Hubers officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hemophilia Foundation of Michigan, 1921 West Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti, MI 48197, United Way of Southwest Michigan, 2015 Lakeview Ave, St Joseph, MI 49085 and The Salvation Army of Benton Harbor, 233 Michigan St. Benton Harbor, MI 49022. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services.

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    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 | 12:00pm
    When
    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 12:00pm
    Location
    Riverview Cemetery
    Address
    2925 Niles Road
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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Torre Ranum Froehlich

Posted at 11:03am
My sincere condolences to the family! Growing up across the street from Mr. Molhoek brings back many wonderful memories. He was always smiling and had a great sense of humor. I always felt like he gave everyone is undivided attention and really cared. Such a kind and good-natured man! He reminded me a lot of my dad. You always felt special in their presence. All who knew Mr. Molhoek are blessed to have had him in their lives. My thoughts and prayers are with Carolyn and the extended family. ❤️🙏

Sincerely
Torre Ranum Froehlich
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Julie Ranum Troupe

Posted at 10:28am
Mr. Molhoek and his family lived directly across the street from my family, the Donald Ranum family. I mostly remember his warm smile. Mr. Molhoek made sure my sister Torre and I knew we could always turn to him and Mrs. Molhoek if we needed anything. He would drive us to school and always welcomed us in their home. He was a kind and gentle soul. We couldn't have had a better neighbor. I just visited St. Joe last weekend and drove by the Molhoek house and gazed upon it with fondness and happy memories. God bless the Molhoek family. You are loved and in my prayers.
Julie Ranum Troupe
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Reta Smith

Posted at 09:13pm
When I was a teenager, I babysat man times for Bob and Doris, especially on New Years Eve and I remember him as a very pleasant and nice person. He was always kind to me and was a loving father! My deepest sympathy to the family. Reta Shoup Smith, Plainwell MI
 
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Deb Russell Posted at 10:18am

Carolyn, My heart is with you hearing of the death of your father. I am glad he had a long life, and that you were able to share so much time with him in recent days, along with your loving return of the care he gave you over the years. You and ccx your sister have my prayers and sympathy. - Deb Russell
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