Mr. Robert Clarence Bethke

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“Rob and family, My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your Dad. ”
1 of 7 | Posted by: Leroy Hackley, Jr. - Byron Center, MI

“My sympathy to the Bethke family. Mr. Bethke was a wonderful man. Dawn, Just because your Dad is no longer here doesn't mean you girls will...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Pam Schafer - Roseville, MI

“Cheryl, We are so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family. I am here for you if you need to talk or a shoulder to cry on...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Dan and Kallie Moshier - MI

“I’m at the Denver airport waiting for my flight to Grand Rapids and I’m thinking about my Dad. First of all, let me say that I never thought my...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Dawn - Broomfield, CO - Daughter

“Gerrie, I know it's been ages since we've spoken; I have thought of you many times during the past several years. I can't tell you how sorry I am...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Susan Bycraft - St. Clair Shores, MI

“I always remember Dawn had(s) the greatest family. Spent a lot of time over there in my younger days. Mr. Bethke was a super dad and was one of the...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Lisa Jensen (Peters) - MI

“To Aunt Gerrie, Cheryl, Rob, Dawn, and your extended families - I have rarely met a family nicer than yours and that starts with Uncle Bob and Aunt...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Carrie Baranowski - Madison, WI


Mr. Robert Clarence Bethke of Walker, MI formerly of Clinton Township, MI, born July 6, 1936 in Chicago IL passed away peacefully at home from lung
cancer surrounded by family. Bob was retired from Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, MI as a die maker leader for 44 years. Loving husband of Geraldine
(Gerrie) of 55 years; loving father of Rob (Kathy) Bethke, Jenison, MI, Dawn (Kevin) Kelsch of Broomfield, CO, Cheryl (Patrick) Leal of Ortonville , MI;
loving grandfather of Brielle, Brett, Brock, Julian, Joseph, Felicity and Kelly. Survived by sister Carroll (John) Furry, Bruce Bethke, Marilaine (Dan)
Wiggins. Bob enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, watching them play sports, enjoyed playing cards, and watching the Tigers, Lions, and Red
Wings. In his younger years he was an avid deer, duck and goose hunter. He also enjoyed fishing in the U.P. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St.
Anthony of Padua Church, 2510 Richmond St NW, Grand Rapids MI 49504, Saturday December 1, 11:00 am where he will repose one hour prior. His
family will receive visitors Friday November 30 from 6-9 pm at the Arsulowicz Brothers Remembrance Mortuary, 3525 Remembrance NW. In lieu of flowers
memorial contributions may be made to The Hospice of Michigan (Pediatrics) 989 Spaulding Av SE, Ada MI 49301 or St. Jude Children's Hospital.