Robert Leon Lippert, age 79 of Gun Lake, Michigan, formerly of Lake Barrington, IL, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 2:14 pm surrounded by loved ones. Bob was born August 29, 1939 in Chicago, IL to Leon and Sylvia Warta Lippert.
Some of his fond memories from childhood include family fishing trips to the U.S. Boundary Waters, first with his father, mother, and brother, and later carrying on the tradition with his wife Jan and their sons. Other childhood memories included leading scrap metal drives in the Chicagoland neighborhoods to support the industrialization efforts for victory in World War II and also fondly remembered long train rides from Chicago to Kansas to visit his grandmother.
Bob graduated Culver-Stockton College in Canton, MO. After graduation, he proudly reported for the draft and served in the U.S. Army’s Infantry Division. After basic training, he was stationed in Stuttgart, Germany where he served his country and played clarinet in the U.S. Army Band. Bob finished his service during the Cuban Missile Crisis while stationed in Washington D.C.
Bob began his business career with Sears Roebuck & Co., where his exceptional use of the English language and artistic skills allowed him to begin in the copyrighting department. After Sears, he began a long-standing and prominent career in the recreational marine industry that spanned almost 40 years, retiring in 2006 from Attwood Corp. (Brunswick) in Lowell, MI. In addition to Bob’s professional career, he was also proud of his numerous accomplishments in public service that included serving on the Jaycees and then being elected mayor of Glendale Heights, IL. After his retirement from Attwood, he stayed active serving the public in Yankee Springs Township, MI as Zoning Administrator Enforcement Officer from 2006-2012.
Together with his wife Jan, Bob enjoyed fishing, traveling to Germany, trap shooting, and numerous excursions to their beloved family’s cottage in Wisconsin. Bob also enjoyed elaborate cooking, painting, duck and pheasant hunting, inventing and prototyping, and “MacGyvering” in his garage where there was never a shortage of projects on the drawing board, as well as ones to be completed. He was proud of his volunteer service in the honor guard for the Wayland, MI VFW Post #7581.
Bob is survived by his beautiful wife of 51 years, Jan; sons Rich (Lisa) Lippert of Burlington, NC and C. Byron (Tina) of Caledonia, MI; grandchildren Eric, Kaitlyn, Emersen, Avarey; and nieces and nephew. He is preceded in death by his brother, Richard L. Lippert, and his parents.
In lieu of flowers, please direct donations to the Wayland VFW Post # 7581, Wayland Area EMS, or Faith Hospice of Grand Rapids. Visitation with family, friends, and well-wishers to remember and celebrate Bob’s life will be held 4-7 pm on Monday, June 17, 2019 at the Kubiak Cook Funeral Home,4330 18th Ave Dorr. Rosary service from 4:00 - 4:30pm on Monday. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 am, Tuesday at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 1871 136th Ave, Dorr with Fr. Derda Celebrant. There will be a graveside committal service to lay Bob to rest on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at St. Charles Catholic Cemetery in Burlington, WI.
Wayland VFW Post # 7581
735 S. Main St., Wayland MI 49348
Wayland Area Ambulance Services
911 South Main St,, Wayland MI 49348
2100 Raybrook SE, Ste #300, Grand Rapids MI 49546