Robert Watson

Robert Watson

Robert A. ‘Bob’ Watson of Otsego, Michigan passed away unexpectedly Saturday, October 6, 2012 in Kalamazoo. Bob was born February 22, 1954 in Plainwell to Wallace ‘Wally’ and Margaret (Hughes) Watson and was a lifelong resident of the area. For over 30 years he was employed as a machine operator at Parker-Hannifin Corp. and later worked at Prairiewood Golf Course for over 5 years. Bob was an avid Otsego sports fan and enjoyed coaching basketball, football, soccer and baseball. For over 20 years he served on the Otsego Fire Department, retiring as Assistant Fire Chief. He was a member of the Otsego Moose Lodge #345 and in his leisure time he enjoyed deer and squirrel hunting.

On August 10, 2002 he married Diane (Volker) Pearson, who survives. Also surviving are two sons and a daughter, Mark (Rena) Watson, Jim (Lisa) Watson and Kim (Mike) Jackson, all of Otsego; two step-children, Rebecca Pearson of Otsego and William ‘Chip’ Pearson of Parchment; his mother and step-dad, Margaret and Donald Crane of Douglas. Bob was a devoted grandfather to his eleven grandchildren, Cory, Brandon, Jaydon, Reece, Carson, Owen, Ryan, Addison, Molly, Brooklyn and Dillon, and loved attending as many of their school events as he could. He was preceded in death by his father and by his brother, Tony.

Friends may meet with his family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Wednesday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, with Pastor Stephen J. Burrow officiating. Cremation will follow.

Contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

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  1. Melisa Lautenschleger says:

    Praying for you all! The death of a loved one, especially a parent, is one of the hardest parts of life and because I just experienced this myself I know all to well what you are going through. Stay close as a family and you will get through this, seek comfort in the many wonderful memories you have.

    Please know that we are thinking of you all (especially Mark & Rena).

    Melisa & Steve Lautenschleger

  2. Charlie and Pam McQueer says:

    We will cherish our memories of Bob and his tribute to the Otsego Fire Department. He has touched our hearts and we enjoyed his sense of humor and his kindness. We know that his spirit will live on through his wonderful children. We send our sincere condolence to each and everyone of you,Diane,Mark,Jimmy and Kimmy your strength will come from God and those close to you during this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers daily.

    Charlie and Pam McQueer

  3. Paula Wrobleski-Knight says:

    Bob was a fellow classmate of 1973 . My thoughts are with you on this time. will keep all of you in my thoughts best wishes

  4. Amy -Jo (Klumpp) Steele says:

    Our Thoughts, love and prayers go out to all of you Diane, Mark, Rena, Jimmy, Lisa, Kim and Mike and families may God be with all of you and give you strength I am so sorry and sad to hear of Bob passing many fond memories with him ! Our deepest sympathies are with you! Dylan, Amy, Cassidy and Gavyn Steele

  5. Tim and Marcia Quigley says:

    Kim, Michael and Family,
    We send you so much love at this time! We are also praying for you! Please always remember that your dad will be close to you with the memories that you have of him! He will forever remain in your heart!
    And may it comfort you to know that he is an Angel in Heaven watching over you!

  6. Juerita Pritchett says:

    Diane, My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sadness.

  7. RON & DONNA THARGE says:

    Jim & Lisa: So sorry to hear of the loss of Jim’s Dad. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  8. Tammy Merrill Bailey says:

    My sincere condolences to Diane and the rest of the family. My prayers for God’s strength in this difficult time – may it be a time of remembering wonderful times with Bob and his great love for you.

  9. Ken & Sylvia Simons says:

    Dearest Diane and Family,

    Your Bob was a sweetheart. He loved you with all his heart. He especially loved children and delighted in his own special grandchildren. We have fond memories of his zest for standing over the grill and cooking up steak, ribs and chicken. Also “Bob’s special baked beans” will always be a wondeful memory for our many family events. And of course, Bob was always concerned that his beans would “set up” in time for dinner – and they did each and every time. He was so blessed to have your love and support. He loved you dearly sweet sister!! May our Lord give you strength, courage and wonderful memories. Your family will be there for you in the weeks, months and years ahead.

    Love you very much,

    Ken and Sylvia

  10. Carla(Pond) Counterman says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with all the family.

  11. Sandy and Dan Fleming says:

    Diane,Mark,Jim,Kim,Becky,Chip and Bob’s mother and step father and grandchildren. Dan and I just want to extend our deepest and sincere condolences to all. Just keep in mind all the memories that you share. Some of you as a family and some of you and your husband,son ,father,and grandfather on an indivdual basis. That is one thing that you have that and you will be able to cherish forever. And I know that right now it is very hard for all of you. But in the days,months and years ahead you will look back on those memories and be so grateful that you have them. They are what will give you strength and help you through hard times. Sandy and Dan Fleming

  12. Lori Lockner says:

    Diane my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. No words can even say enough. God be with you…

  13. Russ and Pat Miner says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Your Dad was such a wonderful warm and full of fun man. He charished his children and wanted the best for them along with the bonus of his grandchildren. He will not be forgotten, you will be reminded of him when you look at each other or your children and see a glimpse of him, his habits, smile, etc. Bob always made it a point to come up to speak to us no matter where we might run into him. We continued to feel he was part of our family even after his divorce from you Mom. Not only a nice person but a handsome one as well. All our love

  14. Dan and Julie Andrus says:

    Diane and family: we wish to express our deepest sympathy. Your in our thoughts and prayers.

  15. Alice Comai says:

    Diane & Family I don’t really know what to say, Remember he came into your life when you needed someone to love you with all
    his heart. I loved seeing you both together.
    Today a tear came to my eyes as I learned of Bobs passing
    May the memories you have of your time together help at this
    time-I know the emptiness never really leaves, but memories help
    fill the void.
    Love you, you are deep in my thoughts today
    Alice Comai

  16. Jan Jameson and family says:

    Diane,and family…. Our thoughts are with you all. I know you will hear this a million times in the next few days,but we are here for you. All you need to do is call. Bob will be missed.

    Love, Jan ,Amanda and Jon

  17. Doug and Billie says:

    We will never forget Bob helping grill at our son’s open houses.
    He was always willing to lend a hand. Just know that he is with Mom and Dad in the arms of our lord.
    Diane, if you ever need anything just call.
    Love your little sister,

  18. Ronnie Marks says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the Watson family during this time of loss. I grew up with Bob and Tony and have many fond memories of them both. Find strength in knowing that he is now in Heaven, looking down and smiling. May he rest in peace.

  19. Kristi (Spitzner) Rudowske says:

    Diane and Becky, so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  20. Craig, Kathy, and Kaylynn Nelson says:

    Diane, Becky, Broooklyn, and Dillon……we are thinking and praying for you. Let us know if you need anything! God bless you and your family.

  21. sue & marty tourangeau says:

    sending prayers of comfort during this time..Diane I am so sorry ..

  22. Emily Hanna says:

    Kim. Words are so inadequate at a time like this. I am sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my special thoughts and prayers. I know how bad you hurt and hope you find comfort in your memories. Hold tight to your family and if I can do anything for you please don’t hesitate to call. Love you dear friend. Emily Hanna

  23. Howard Gott says:

    Dear Diane and Family,
    Terri and I are very sorry to read about Bob. He was a joy to work with.
    Please accept our sincerest sympathy and know that we are thinking of you and you are in our prayers.

    Howard and Terri Gott

  24. Courtnie Shealy says:

    Aunt Diane & family,
    I was so sad to hear of Uncle Bob’s passing, he was an amazing man. He had an incredible sense of humor, was always kind and ready to give me his big bear hug every time I saw him. He will be greatly missed! I am praying for you all during this difficult time.
    Love, Courtnie

  25. matt rayman says:

    Diane and family,
    We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Bob was a beloved member of our extended golf family. The carts will never be parked right again. But as you no if he didnt do it they werent going to be right anyway.

    Matt and Stacie Rayman and all of The Prairiewood Staff

  26. Christine Brown says:

    I was so sorry to hear of Uncle Bob’s passing. I have so many fond memories of him. He was always a lively spirit at family get togethers while growing up. I want to pass on my condolences to Kim, Mark, and Jim.

  27. Jeanette Volker-Freeman says:

    Hi Dianne, I just read of your recent loss and are very sorry. It is really difficult to lose someone you love. I’ve been there.

    Aunt Jeanette

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