Robert "Uncle Bob" Bergquist
November 20, 1937 - April 27, 2021
The family will receive guests from 11:00 AM until the time of service at 3:00 PM Saturday, May 1, 2021 at the Buresh Funeral Home in Twining, Michigan.
Buresh Funeral Home, 15 W. Maple Ridge Road, Twining, Michigan 48766
3:00 PM Saturday, May 1, 2021
Robert Van Bergquist aka Uncle Bob passed away at his residence in the early morning hours of April 27, 2021. Bob was the best looking and 18th child of (Gus) Edward and Meta (Van Sickle) Bergquist, born November 20th, 1937. What a great welcome he must have received as he was preceded in death by his eldest child, Robert Van Bergquist, Jr (2018), his friend, Janet Garrett, his parents and 16 of his siblings. Bob is survived by his 2 sisters, Betty and Deloris, his children Scott (Michelle), Dawn, Kyle, Laura (Bill)and Brad (Donna) McKenna and his 16 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren (and three more on the way).
Early on Bob understood what hard work was all about. He began helping his father build barns before he reached his teen years. All this knowledge gave him the opportunity to serve in the Army as a carpenter. From there he was able to gain more construction experience, which helped pave the way for Bob to become a successful business owner. He (co) owned and operated Genesee Bay Constructors for over 30 years earning the respect of his employees and colleagues with an impressive reputation in the industry. In his free time, he was an avid outdoors man enjoying hunting and fishing as well as owning and racing horses.
Bob made an impact on many lives and he was loved by all. He never met a stranger and never ignored an opportunity to help someone in need. Bob’s word was as strong as his handshake and that handshake has been known to make even the toughest men ask for mercy. Bob worked hard, played hard and loved without restraint. He always had a joke to make you laugh, a song to lighten your spirit and on special occasion he may have even played his spoons for you.
Bob was a man among men and will be missed by so many, but what a celebration there must be in heaven.
Thanks to all the friends and family that helped support us through this time with a very special thanks to Ed Plantz for all he has done.
The family will receive guests from 11:00 AM until the time of service at 3:00 PM on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at the Buresh Funeral Home (15 W. Maple Ridge Road, Twining, Michigan 48766). Pastor Don Wolfgang, Jr. officiating with Military Honors being rendered by the United States Army. Per his wishes, Bob will be cremated following his service.
All visitors are asked to wear a facial covering and practice social distancing while in the funeral home.