Robert W. Ekkens

Hale, Michigan
May 5, 1920 - November 6, 2010

Visitations

2-4 & 6-8 P.M., Monday, November 8, 2010

Service Location

121 South Washington Street, P.O. Box 130, Hale, MI 48739

Services

3:00 P.M., Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Hale United Methodist Church
201 W. Main Street
Hale, Michigan

Obituary Notice

Robert W. Ekkens
Hale, Michigan

ROBERT W. EKKENS of Hale, formerly of Grand Rapids passed away at his residence on November 6, 2010 at 90 years of age.

He is survived by his wife Charlotte; children, Carol (Michael) Siporin of West Bloomfield, Terry Ekkens of Grand Rapids, Bonnie (Johnny) Guy of Fishersville, VA, Lynn (Eldon) Barclay of Hale and Todd (Carolyn) Ekkens of Richland. Eleven grandchildren, Dr. Alexandora (Chris Bley) Siporin, D.O., David Ekkens, Courtney Ekkens, Candice Guy, Kala Guy, Jordan (Angela) Barclay, Linden (Deidra) Barclay, Curtis Barclay, Eldon Barclay, Emily Ekkens, Kelsey Ekkens and one great-granddaughter; Anella Barclay. Two sisters, Gloria Scott of Grand Haven and Beverly (Richard) Meehan of Florida. He is preceeded in death by his parents,William and Beulah Ekkens, one sister, Dorothy Stephaniak and one brother John Ekkens.

Mr. Ekkens was a fireman with the Grand Rapids fire Department for 35 years. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was a member of the 126th Infantry Association the 32nd Division Association, the Grand Rapids Red Arrow, the DAV, the Hale VFW and American Legion. Robert was also a member of the Hale Senior Center and the Hale United Methodist Church. He played trombone in the U.S. Army Band during WWII. He had enjoyed wintering in Texas and living on the “Barclay Ranch”.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 P.M., Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at the Hale United Methodist Church, 201 West Main Street in Hale. The family will receive friends Monday from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M. at the Hale Chapel of the Buresh-Bennett Funeral Home, 121 S. Washington and at the church on Tuesday from 2:00 P.M. until the time of service. Interment along with military honors will take place at Esmond-Evergreen Cemetery, Rev. Pat England officiating. Memorial contributions suggested to Hale 1st United Methodist Church or the Hale Senior Center.

Memorials

Hale 1st United Methodist Church
or the Hale Senior Center

Cemetery

Esmond-Evergreen Cemetery

Condolences

Hi Family,
Thinking of Uncle Bob has brought back tons of great memories. I hope and pray all of you are having the same experience and able to celibrate the life he had with all of us. Give Aunt Char a hug for me. SOrry I can;t make it over htere.

Craig
— Craig Smith
We are sorry to hear of Uncle Bob passing and will be in prayer for your comfort Tuesday. He was a wonderful loving person.
— Brian,Laura,Mike,Angie
Dear Char and family: Our thoughts and prayers have been with you since learning of Bob's death on Saturday. Bob VH recalls working with EO Ekkens for many year at #11 enging house. As well as time spent together with 32nd Div. Red Arrow, 126 Inf. during WW II in LA, Australia, New Guinea, etc. The "sheep herder" has gone on "ahead" and he will be missed by all his friends.
— Robert & Esther VanHammen
Dear Lynne, Bonnie, Char and Family,

So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. We have thought of you all so fondly over the last years. May you be blessed with God's peace and comfort and experience His embrace of love at this difficult time. Blessings and love, Bill & Sidney
— Bill & Sidney Crooks
We know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves a lasting imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Grandpa Bob .Lynn and Eldon`s and Charlene`s letter to us was so kind, and had us both crying like we lost a best friend. Please know that our time together was a gift from God and we will always remember the time we had in Texas and on the Barclay Ranch. Our prayers are with you Love Alice, Bryan,Chelsea, Carrie-Lynn and Kylie. Your Canadian Friends
— Bryan and Alice Rayner
Dear Char and family: Our thoughts and prayers have been with you since learning of Bob's death on Saturday. Bob VH recalls working with EO Ekkens for many year at #11 enging house. As well as time spent together with 32nd Div. Red Arrow, 126 Inf. during WW II in LA, Australia, New Guinea, etc. The "sheep herder" has gone on "ahead" and he will be missed by all his friends.
— Robert & Esther VanHammen
Dear Lynne, Bonnie, Char and Family,

So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. We have thought of you all so fondly over the last years. May you be blessed with God's peace and comfort and experience His embrace of love at this difficult time. Blessings and love, Bill & Sidney
— Bill & Sidney Crooks

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