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Robert S. Knitter

Bob passed away, Friday, July 7, 2023, in Plainwell, MI.

He was born March 7, 1943, in Chicago, the son of Albert and Ann (Berklan) Knitter. For several years Bob worked for various financial firms. In his free time he loved golfing, spending time in Charlevoix and Saugatuck and enjoyed road trips in his MGB. On March 16, 1984 in Kalamazoo he married Kay Sage who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Alan Knitter and Michelle Knitter; granddaughters, Gabi Knitter and Bella Knitter; step-daughter, Veronica MacDonald and special uncle, Steve.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Brad.

Friends may visit with Bob’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Friday, July 14, 2023, at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Otsego, until the time of the funeral mass at 11:00 A.M., with Rev. Fr. Simon Manjooran and Monsignor Michael Hazard officiating.

Cremation will follow and burial of ashes will take place at St. Margaret Cemetery at a later time.

Contributions in memory of Bob may be made to

American Cancer Society


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Tim and Melissa Mckee

July 8, 2023 at 2:54 pm

Memories of you will live on forever in our hearts.

Sending our love to Aunt Kay, Veronica and family.

Love Always.


Stephen Knitter

July 8, 2023 at 5:00 pm

Our Deepest sympathies go out to the entire family of Bob. We were looking forward. to meeting this Summer up in Saugatuck as per our usual get together at Phils’ or The Butler. I’m grateful that we re-connected 29 years ago after a long absence. You helped me get through some tough times in the mid 90’s and I’m forever grateful for that. We seemed to always have some great conversations whether on the phone or. in person. Thanks for the memories. I’ll cherish them always. RIP, Bob.

Cousin Steve & Linda Knitter



July 8, 2023 at 7:31 pm

Kay and family,

We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He fought a good fight . Bob was always a great person to chat with, pray for each others families and enjoy life. He will be missed so much.

Peace be with your family,

Mike & Joanne


Lou and Betsy

July 9, 2023 at 4:03 pm

So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing . May he rest in peace. God be with the whole family. Sincerely , Lou and Betsy OSIKA


Laura Hayes

July 10, 2023 at 9:06 am

Kay – please know that you have been in my thoughts daily with the struggles faced with Bob. May he rest peacefully now. Laura


Alma Stafford

July 10, 2023 at 10:27 am


You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Alma & John Stafford


Paulette Hilton

July 10, 2023 at 12:53 pm

Kay, our hearts are open to you and your family sending prays of comfort during this time of loss. May your family find peace and joy within the memories of great times shared. Mom and Dad appreciated and loved you both so much, as I also do. Paulette


Lavonne Rus-Ogilvie

July 10, 2023 at 4:36 pm

Kay and Veronica, Thinking of the extended family during this time. May all the good memories sustain you.


Donald Berklan

July 11, 2023 at 12:15 pm

I was so sorry to hear about Bobby‘s passing. My name is Don Berklan and I have I’ve been Bobby’s cousin we shared a Lotta good times together. I can remember when I was in high school even help me with some of my studies we just have to know that he’s in gods hands and he will have no more pain, God bless his family and hope for nothing but happiness and good health and the future


Joy MacCreery

July 12, 2023 at 5:32 pm


I’m so sorry for your loss. May God give you and your family strength and peace. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


Kurt Knitter

July 12, 2023 at 10:25 pm


Wishing you and your family much comfort and peace during this difficult time.

You are in my thoughts and prayers.

I remember and treasure the moments me and my father spent with you and Bob.

May God bless everyone!



July 13, 2023 at 8:16 am

So sorry for the loss of your beloved husband. My prayers and thoughts are with you. I remember our meeting at North 11 and remember his beautiful smile.


Sue Smilanich

July 17, 2023 at 6:21 am

We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing! We will miss his smile, his wit and conversations over pizza! Remembering you all in thoughts and prayers.

The Smilanich Family.


Jeanne (Harper) Van Eerden

July 26, 2023 at 6:49 am

Dear Kay, so sorry for your loss. I would like to connect with you as a distant cousin, our grandparents were siblings, and on behalf of our class, Otsego Class of 1964. I have sent a donation to the American Cancer Society in memory of your husband Bob. I am praying for your heart to heal and for God’s comfort through your grief. Please email me.


Kay Knitter

August 28, 2023 at 1:10 am

Jeanne, thanks for the condolences. I miss Bob terribly. Tried to find your email online, to no avail. God bless


The Smilanich Families

August 15, 2023 at 10:10 am

A donation has been made to the American Cancer Society in Bob’s name.

Thinking of you all with our prayers!


Vicki (Sage) Erwin

October 8, 2023 at 6:58 pm


Bill and I were very saddened to hear of Bob’s passing today. It has been a long time since our paths have crossed by Bob’s kindness and smiles will live on in our fondest memories! Hugs


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