Robert Doster passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at his son’s home on Pine Lake.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years Sally; son, Mark (Gale) Doster, daughters, Leesa (Richard Thomas) Doster and Karen (Rick Konecky) Doster; 7 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren; a sister Gail (Dale) Parker.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Matthew, 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Robert was born February 21, 1933 in Kalamazoo the son of Dale and Lillian (Eitell) Doster.
His family moved to Cooper Township and he attended Plainwell Schools where he won Varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball. Bob was a proud Notre Dame fan. In his early years he was a horse jockey. Bob was very proud of his heritage in the Doster family and was a direct descendent of John and Priscilla Alden who came over on the Mayflower on his mother’s side. He was an avid golfer. Bob enlisted in the Air Force when the Korean Conflict broke out and was assigned to the Strategic Air Command where he was assigned to Lockborne AFB, Ohio and North Africa and obtained the rank of S/Sgt. After the service he worked for Upjohn/Pfizer in the Fine Chemicals Division until his retirement in 1990. Bob and Sally traveled many years to Hawaii and spent their winters in Venice, FL and Myrtle Beach, SC and summers in South Haven. Bob was a member of St. Margaret Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus where he had served as Grand Knight. He was a member of the American Legion and Elks.
Friends may meet with Bob’s family Sunday, September 10, 2023 from 3 to 6 P.M. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Margaret Catholic Church, Otsego on Monday, September 11, 2023 at 11:00 A.M.
Burial will follow at St. Margaret Catholic Cemetery, Otsego with Military Honors.
In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Bob may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, St. Margaret Catholic School or Centrica Care Navigators.
Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.
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Steven and Nancy Motter
September 7, 2023 at 9:38 am
So Sorry for your loss of a great man he was a great guys and was loved by everyone that got to know him. We have many memories of Bob we did Bingo at the school and also some Knights of Columbus functions. We send our sincere Condolences to the entire family and friends. Our Prayers are with all of you
September 7, 2023 at 12:56 pm
Mark and Gale, so sorry for your loss! Prayers to your family.
September 7, 2023 at 3:51 pm
Sally and family, i am so sorry to hear of Bobs passing…he was such a nice ,
Man , my Dad really enjoyed having Bob for a friend, I am praying your memories of him will ease your hurting hearts. Terry Arehart VanLent❤️
September 7, 2023 at 6:25 pm
Sally and family, so sorry to hear about Bobs passing! I will always remember having dinner with you guys at the Elks! Hugs to all Bea Gauthier
September 8, 2023 at 11:55 am
Sally and family! So sorry to hear about Bobs passing! Will always remember our dinners at the Elks! Hugs to all BeatriceGauthier❤️
September 8, 2023 at 12:08 pm
Sally and family, so sorry to hear about Bobs passing. I will always remember our dinners at the Elks. Hugs to all Beatrice Gauthier
Liane and Bill Riley
September 9, 2023 at 12:42 am
Sally,Mark, Lisa, Karen,
We’re so sorry for.your loss of Bob. We have treasured our many years of friendship and good times and Bob will remain alive in our memories until we meet again in God’s house.Love and prayers from our family.
September 9, 2023 at 2:18 pm
Leesa. I’m sorry to see that your dad passed. That’s a tough one for sure. Remember in time, the tears will dry up and you will think of him with a smile. He did great things, raised you didn’t he? Sounds like he was well loved and will be missed by all who knew him. Warm hugs to you and Rich. Lisa
Veronica & Ken Crowell
September 10, 2023 at 12:35 pm
Sally & family so sorry for your loss of Bob,
We go back so far in our friendship since i was 18 with you and Ken being 10 years younger than Bob, enjoyed watching him in his sports. We enjoyed visiting with Bob and you and seeing you two with your warm friendly smiles at The Elks lodge. Dinners. You will always have your wonderful memories of him.
Jerry and Marilyn Fenner
September 10, 2023 at 7:48 pm
Sally and Family:
Sorry for your loss We will always be the class of 1952 from PHS.
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