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Robert G. Caswell

Bob passed away Sunday, September 1, 2019 at his home in Kalamazoo.

He was born February 4, 1931 in Watervliet, the son of Gaylord and Velma (Learn) Caswell. For 33 years Bob worked for Hoekstra Roofing until his retirement in the early 80’s. After retiring he had worked at a campground for 16 years. Bob enjoyed woodworking, doing jigsaw and word puzzles, fishing, trips to the casino, especially Las Vegas and playing yahtzee.  He loved spending time with his family especially with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In October 1950 in Otsego he married Martha Winans who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Janice (Donald) Stanfill of Otsego and Janet (Bryan) Johnson of Missouri; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Caswell of Otsego, 5 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Virginia Winn of Plainwell, Eugene Caswell of Kalamazoo and Nancy Lapp of Colorado along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Robin; siblings, Ira, Philip and Rosie and brothers-in-law, Woody Winn and Don Blackman.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the

American Heart Association.

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Willie & Sherry Harrison

September 2, 2019 at 11:36 am

Bob will be missed by many a great man that I always respected . Lots of great memories for sure. Our condolences to all the family . May he Rest In Peace . Bill & Sherry Harrison


Penny Baker

September 2, 2019 at 1:42 pm

So very sorry for this Huge Loss.


Ray & Barb Olsen

September 2, 2019 at 3:09 pm

So sorry for your loss. He was always a good neighbor. He will be missed.


Troy Olsen

September 2, 2019 at 4:20 pm

Many fond memories of Bob. Made for a great childhood. Thinking of you too Marty. Been a long time but think of you both often.❤️


Rob Caswell

September 2, 2019 at 9:27 pm

You will be greatly missed grandpa!! Love you



September 3, 2019 at 8:04 am

First I would like to extend our deepest and most sincere sympathy to Bob’s wife Marty, Janice and Don, Janet and Bryan and families along with Rob’s family. We are so sorry for you loss. Bob has been a very good friend for many years. And we have shared many many great times with Bob and Marty. We spent countless hours up at our cabin in Luther Mushrooming and playing Backwards Rummy,Yahtzee, and poker.We would have many good times out booze cruising in our younger days while checking different woods out for mushrooms down in the Allegan area.We used to go on Color Tours in the U.P. And would go to the Car Shows and the Big Semi Truck Show every year in Saint Ignace. In our earlier years we used to get together and go to the local pub here in Plainwell the Picadilly on either Friday or Saturday nights. We used to go to the Ionia Free fair yearly until the Soaring Eagle casino opened up in Mount Pleasant. And then for some reason we would be going to the fair and end up at the casino. And when we went to the cabin we always ended up taking a trip to Little River Casino and then went back to the cabin to play cards.. And before all of this we would go to the horse races over at Jackson.Oh how he loved that. We always had good times.And one thing myself I will never forget that Bob said to me many years ago he know I felt uncomfortable going into their home because Dan was once he and Marty’s brother in law. Is that I would always be welcome in their home that Dan and I were family. That made me feel so good. And I will never ever forget those kind words. I am going to miss Bob and my yearly bets on the Otsego- Vicksburg football game. I believe this was going to be your year to win.”Thank God for Great Friends and Good Memories” “because that is what Bob and Marty have been to us.We are going to miss you dear friend May you Rest in Peace from now into Eternity.


Lee and Diane Boysen

September 3, 2019 at 8:19 am

Marty, Jan and Don, Traci, Renee and families, Janet & families, Cheryl and families We are very sorry to hear of the loss of Bob. He always had a kind word and a great sense of humor. He was a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and Great Great Grandfather. We will be missed by so many friends and family. He is probably fishing with Rob right now up there.


Dan and Sandy Fleming

September 3, 2019 at 8:36 am

Oh how the good memories keep flooding our minds. We also recall a great memory of when we held Bob and Marty’s 25th wedding anniversary at our house. How surprised they both were. And the reaction and comment that I won’t mention that Bob said about my potato salad.You see I had a very clean very nice unused bedpan that I put my potato salad in.I won’t mention what he said. I think that everybody that really knew Bob could just imagine what he said and you would most likely be right.And another time we had a Party over at our house in our drinking days and we had a bowl of hard boiled eggs on our bar downstairs. Well Bob took one of those hard boiled eggs and hit my sister on the head. And low and behold it hadn’t been hard boiled and it ran all down my sister’s head down onto her face. Little did anyone know that Dan had put one egg in that bowl that wasn’t hard boiled. Bob and my sister were both in shock. Not to mention how Dan felt. Oh how the good memories keep pouring in. We are going to miss you dear friend.


Dave and Jackie Dutton

September 3, 2019 at 10:53 am

Don, Jan and family,

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Love you


charlene jones

September 3, 2019 at 11:20 am

My sympathy to Bob wife Marty and his family. memories of Bob are great and such a caring person. He took my grandson James(8) under his wings and showed him how to weed whip at the campgrounds, James never has forgotten about that to this day. Bob through the years I have never forgotten you, I will miss you , but the memories are with me. I know you will be mowing God’s lawns for him. Miss you my dear friend.


Marilyn Baker Moored

September 3, 2019 at 2:26 pm

Sorry for your loss. Will be thinking of you in this time of sadness


Stella Waller

September 3, 2019 at 2:40 pm

So sorry to hear of the loss of your father! My thoughts and prayers are with your family.


Nancy Lapp

September 3, 2019 at 5:58 pm

I have just lost my best friend and brother. We have always had a good time while growing up and after we both got married I have a lot of memories of both our families having fun over the years He was the best brother a sister could ask for and Marty has always in my heart been a sister not a in law Bob Rest In Peace and tell Don hello and love from me and the kids Love ya Nancy


Carol lennard

September 3, 2019 at 6:16 pm

To my loving sister Marty :Janice and Jannet and Cheryl.. I love you and your children are in my thoughts I wish more than anything I could be there. I would wrap my arms around you. Have a good laugh with you have a cry with you and talk about all the fun things that we did as children going up playing in Hopkins Bob and Marty. i We had a good time seeing all the sights that were to see California. We even took in Mexico. We love going to the horse races. We love going out to some of the bars for happy hour. Too many memories to put down on this paper.

After all I’ve known you all my life.

You are my family. I miss seeing you.

I wish I could be there in your time of sorrow. I know how much you loved him. We all loved him. Give yourself a hug for me.Know if I would healthy I would be there.


Carol MacDonald Lennard.

Your loving sister.


Amy Rasnake

September 3, 2019 at 7:04 pm

Love you Gramps!!!! You will be Greatly Missed!!! Tell dad hello!!!!! Love you both very much!!!!!! Till we me again!!!!!


Renee Raab

September 4, 2019 at 7:35 pm

Oh gramps how I will miss your meatloaf, your jokes, doing puzzles and playing play doh with Maddy and teasing Hunter about the witch being his girlfriend 😉 but most of all gramps we will miss you!! We love you so very much and as Maddy says are hearts are very sad right now and will be for awhile! We will forever be great full of the memories you left us with and the time we had together! We love you forever and always, The Raab’s


Renee Raab

September 5, 2019 at 11:13 am

Oh gramps how I will miss your meatloaf and watching you and Maddy make things with play doh, your jokes and letting the kids do jigsaw puzzles with you and teasing Hunter about the witch being his girlfriend, but most of all gramps we will miss you the most!! As Maddy says are hearts are very sad that you left us. We will forever be grateful for the memories and the time we had with you!! We love you so much you may be gone from our eyes but you will forever be in our hearts! We love you so much forever and always! You may be gone but NEVER forgotten! Love the Raab’s


Tracy Harrington

September 6, 2019 at 12:45 pm

Grandpa – you will be missed very much! I know you are up there watching over all of us and we will all be alright.. You will be forever in my heart! Love and miss you every day!

Love – Tracy (aka your PIA )


Betty jo falor(caswell)

March 7, 2022 at 9:28 am

Sorry about your loss . I remember some things but not a whole lot. But I do I do remember the some of the family gatherings with you and aunt marty. I loved you very much. We will miss you.God bless.


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