Robert Charles Reasner
Tawas City, Michigan
February 14, 1931 - February 28, 2019
Buresh Funeral Home, 416 Whittemore Street, Tawas City, Michigan 48763
Sunday, March 3, 2019
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tawas United Methodiat Church
Tawas United Methodist Church
Monday, March 4, 2019
11:00 AM (instate @ 10:30 AM)
Robert Charles Reasner
We shall always treasure our memories of “Grandpa Bob” his thoughtfulness, kindness and amazing wit. Robert was born February 14, 1931 in Rose City, Michigan to Raymond Charles and Edna May Reasner, owners of a small dairy farm in Ogemaw County.
In 1949 after graduating valedictorian of Rose City High School, Robert continued his interest in science and agriculture at Michigan State University where he earned both bachelor and master’s degrees in science. During these years he also earned Second Lieutenant in the Army Reserve.
In June of 1956 Robert began his teaching career as a Vocational Agricultural instructor at Tawas Area Schools. From 1956-1986 “Mr. Reasner” instructed Tawas students in architectural and mechanical drafting, woodworking and biology. During these years he supervised the FFA (Future Farmers of America), his students often advancing from statewide to national competitions. In the fall of 1973 “Mr. Reasner” developed a Building Trades Program which he directed until 1988. Each year his students built a two-bedroom home that consistently sold the same year.
In addition to his career in teaching Robert was employed as a part-time agent for Farm Bureau Insurance (1960-1985). After retirement he began and developed a small one-man nursery, Northern Grown Northern Hardy. Robert truly was a “jack of all trades.” Within his active professional careers Robert was a dedicated outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing, and developing properties. One commercial project included planting thirty acres of Christmas trees. Another involved the creation of fresh water ponds, one in Rose City and one in Tawas Township.
Robert is survived by his loving wife of forty-six years, Ann Lenore Reasner; a brother Carl Reasner from Rose City; four children, Richard Reasner (Linda), Barbara Heilmann, Brenda Queen and step-daughter Julia Gracik (Gerald); fourteen grandchildren Matthew Reasner (Kathryn), Kelly Buller (Brian), Shane Heilmann (Deborah), Michael Gracik (Kayla), Amy Gracik Zehnder (Joseph), Emily Gracik, Natasha Colwell (Clay), Nicholas, James, and Jay Nivison; Gerald, Nolan, Geoff, and Nathan Nivison; and thirteen great grandchildren Matthew and Emily Heilmann, William and Lila Reasner, Penelope Buller, as well as Eli, Ethan, and Abigail Gracik, Caelum Zehnder, Christian and Caleigh Colwell, and Kaden Nivison.
Tawas Area High School
Memory Gardens Cemetery