Douglas R. Roebuck

Douglas R. Roebuck

Doug passed away suddenly Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at Borgess Medical Center.

He was born May 4, 1956 in Kalamazoo the son of Arthur and Barbara (VanAntwerp) Roebuck. Doug served his country in the US Marines and for almost 40 years was employed at Parker Hannifin. In his spare time he enjoyed working on cars, walking his grand dog, collecting bicycles, following NASCAR, vacationing with his daughter and was excited about becoming a grandfather again soon.

Surviving are his daughter, Alicia (Derrick Stetton) Roebuck  and a grandchild due soon of Kalamazoo; son, Matt (Laura) Town and their children, Lucky and Lyric of Otsego; his mother, Barbara (Bernie) Pratt; siblings, Crystal (Jim) Veldt of FL, Art Roebuck of Otsego and Steve (Robin) Folk of Otsego; step-siblings, Calvin Pratt, Shirley (Bill) Sutton, Kenton Pratt, Julie Yarbrough and Peggy Ratulowski along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father; brothers, Austin Roebuck and Marty Roebuck and step-brother Kennith Pratt.

Friends may visit with Doug’s family from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. on Friday, November 13, 2015 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

Cremation will follow.

Contributions in memory of Doug may be made to the American Heart Association.

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  1. Penny Browning says:

    There are just no words

  2. Jeana Roebuck says:

    Tell my dad martin i love him so much i will miss u sooo much

  3. Jeff Stice says:

    Doug was one of the kindest hardest working men I’ve ever met he will be missed by many.

  4. Penny Kniseley says:

    I remember Doug as a sweet and special cousin, not one family gathering that I attended that Doug didn’t make me laugh. He was always fun to be around and I will truly miss him.

  5. Michelle Van Den Berg ( Lewis) says:

    I am saddened by the passing of my cousin and to his daughter and soon to be born Grand baby. May God watch over him and keep him safe on his journey home. And for him to watch over his amazing daughter Alicia Marie Roebuck and grandbaby.
    R.I.P. Doug. You are gone but NEVER forgotten.

  6. Dan Harris says:

    I worked with Doug for over 20 yrs. was a great friend, to so many, so very sad to here of his passing, my thoughts an prayers are with his family during this time.

  7. Sue Hughes Hopper says:

    I want to tell the family my Prayers are with them in there time of sorrow. Doug was a very special kind of guy for sure. He could keep a straight face and tell you something and you never knew if he was telling the truth or not. He loved picking on me. Doug had to be one of my favorite cousins. He just had that kind of kind personality. Every time I seen him he was always smiling. I seen him less then a month ago doing something he loved to do. Showing his car off. He came and gave me a big hug told me he Loved me. And then had to pick on me a few times. He had such a great sense of humor. He shared me me that he was excited about having his new granddaughter soon. And how happy he was about it. Doug was a great man and he will be truly missed by everyone who knew him.

  8. Bob & Cindy Town says:

    WOW what a shock. Doug you were a good man, friend and father. You will be missed and we will never forget the good times.

  9. Mike Vanarsdal and Agnes Schmitt Vanarsdal says:

    Worked with Doug at Parker and he was such a nice man. Always nice to everyone, no matter what. I have only heard good things about him, from anyone who knew him.
    Mike and my very deepest sympathy to Doug’s family. He was way to young to have to say goodbye to. Just breaks my heart that he worked so hard for Parker and just getting ready to retire and enjoy retirement and his new grandchild and now he is gone.
    May God’s grace be with all you loved him. Someday God will give us the answers to why He took Doug at such a young age.

    In Christ Love,
    Mike and Agnes Vanarsdal

  10. Keith and Amy Fullrt says:

    We are heart broken to hear of this tragic news. Doug was a great man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. He will be missed by many.

  11. Randi Deneau says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Doug. I worked with him for many years. He was always so nice and kind. Keeping the family in my thoughts.

  12. Dawn Roebuck says:

    I loved Doug very much, but who wouldn’t ? He was such a wonderful person. I am so sorry for everyone’s loss.

  13. Morgan Zimmerman says:

    These times are so hard. So hard to understand. The Lord took another grand and wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers to your family.

  14. Stephanie Babbitt says:

    Uncle Doug you had a heart of gold, always showed so much love to us all, I’m gonna miss you greatly!!!!!

  15. Steve folk says:

    Doug was my big brother and also my best friend if I needed anything he was always there for me I am going to miss him very much

  16. Nic Palumbo says:

    I’ve had the pleasure of knowing and working with Doug for 37 years. What an outstanding person. He was kind, caring and had a work ethic that is matched by very few. We all will miss him so much. My heart goes out to the family.

  17. Dan and Julie Andrus says:

    Doug was truly one of the friendliest people we have ever met. He always added a bright moment to our work day with his jovial “Hello”. He will be greatly missed at Parker. Our hearts go out to his family for such a great loss.

  18. Ron + Karen Myers (town) says:

    Sorry to hear this , he was a good man may you rest in peace! Prayers to his family!

  19. Connie Vanarsdal says:

    Doug was the nicest and kindest person I ever met. I worked 3rd shift with him for a couple years and we always had a good time if I came feeling down he could always make me laugh. My heart goes out to his family he will be truly missed

  20. Sandy Evink says:

    Still can’t believe it, deepest sympathy to my aunt Barb, no mother should lose their child . I pray that god comforts the family and gives you peace.

  21. Jan Jameson says:

    GOOD PEOPLE!!!! That totally explains my friend,Doug. Always a smile,or a joke to share. I shared a lot of good moments with Dougie over the past 38 yrs,and a lot of conversations about life in general. It was an honor to know him and have him as a friend.
    Doug, you are missed terribly and never be forgotten. R.I.P,my friend.
    My prayers to his family.

  22. Shirley Brainard says:

    Barb and family; My thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time.

  23. Vicky Hiemstra says:

    Doug was a very sweet man. Was also one of the nicest man I ever meet. I had the honor of working with Doug at Parker Hannifin. He is going to be missed an awful lot. My prayers to his family

  24. Becky Stice says:

    Doug….. a Good Man. A man that I fully trusted with the care of my daughter when she was young and stayed many nights with Alicia. Also a man that I seen almost daily before his shift. Always a sincere hello and how are you and Jeff doing. So sad to see him go, but I have comfort in knowing he will be close to his kids and grandkids. Doug, you have shown many at Parker what it truly is to be a good man, hard worker, and wonderful friend. You will be missed for sure.

    Alicia and Matt: I hope you can find peace in knowing he will always be near. You had a great role model and great parent. My love and prayers will be with you. <3

  25. Walt Rickli says:

    I worked with Doug for 10 years at Parker, what a good person, he will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  26. Kim Martin Kanet says:

    So sorry to hear of Doug’s passing. I went to school with Doug. He was always so very kind and could make you smile no matter was going on. And can I mention, HE HAD THE HOTTEST CARS!!!!! To his family-hold close the memories that you all have. It will carry you through.
    Rest in peace my friend,

  27. Sandy McCann says:

    Having read through these messages, I can only agree with everyone’s thoughts.
    Father: Natural
    Son : Natural
    Brother: Natural
    Cousin: Natural
    Friend : Natural

    Wow! How can one guy do all of this? Nice things just come natural for Doug!

    Love you all,

  28. Russell Christman says:

    Worked with him at Parker and was the best team worker and will be missed but never forgotten.
    My prayers to the family.

  29. Lauri Kling says:

    Doug was the type of person we all wish we could be, he had a heart of gold. I will miss his hugs and conversation. His family was important to him, he spoke of them often. He will be missed by many. RIP My Friend

  30. Randy Crawford says:

    So sorry to hear about Doug’s passing he was way to young! I worked with him for many years and he was quite a character, Never a dull moment around 3rd shift with his quick wits and humor! Thank’s for all the laughs you will be truly missed but never forgotten!

    RIP My Friend and Our prayers to his family

  31. John Welch says:

    Uncle Doug not only were you a great uncle you were a great man who would do anything for all of us at the drop of a hat. You were taken from us way to soon and we are going to miss you so much. We love you….may you rest in piece!!

  32. barbara j roebuck pratt mother says:

    Douglas mom misses you so much was my guardian angle going to miss all your call each and every day and seeing you every day and telling he love me love mom

  33. Marilyn (Root) Abernathy says:

    So sad to hear the news about our classmate Doug! I find it so amazing so many of us have stayed in and around our home town and never knew what happened to each other after we graduated or run into each other. I remember Doug as this sweet shy kid with a great smile and the coolest cars in our class and sad that after 41 years never saw him again. R.I.P. Doug and may God bring peace to your families hearts!

  34. William, Bill, Ash says:

    Doug: As you enter your new kingdom, may continue your sensational spirit and happiness. Rest in peace friend. Your classmates and friends will truly miss you.

  35. Carol J. Mattson says:

    Doug was a gentle, kind, generous soul in Otsego High School. I pray that he is in the arms of Father God. And now because of that, he is in our future. I pray that his family and close friends will recall his life with fond memories that will carry them through their lives.

  36. Sheila (Christopher) Baker says:

    sorry for the family’s loss Doug was a great guy. I haven’t seen him in many years but we were all friends growing up and he was a great guy. R.I.P. Friend

  37. Dan and Sandy Fleming says:

    Dan and I want to extend our deepest and most sincere sympathy to Doug’s family. We are saddened to hear of his passing. Dan had the pleasure of knowing and working with Doug and he said that Doug was one of the nicest people that he has known. And it was a pleasure to work and to have known him. I only knew Doug for a short time and I know he is truly going to be missed by family and friends. He was such a nice and pleasant person to be around. R.I.P. Doug.

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