Robert "Uncle Bob" Bergquist

Twining, Michigan
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.

Service Location

Buresh Funeral Home, 15 W. Maple Ridge Road, Twining, Michigan 48766


3:00 PM Saturday, May 1, 2021

Obituary Notice

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.


What a loss for us here on Earth but what a blessing for those in the other side camp! Bob was one of those rare & special men whose generosity of spirit transcended time and space, making the lives of those he met all the better for just knowing him. How lucky were Gary and I to know Bob and share his love of horses and nature and be able to experience his unique sense of humor and positivity. Bob will be sorely missed and always remembered fondly. We hope all the memories made with Bob provide a measure of comfort and solace to his grieving family and friends. RIP Bob.
— Donna and Gary Brown
What can I say about my Great Uncle Bob … he was generous, never had a negative word to say and always worked hard (even when told not to). I remember spending a great deal of time with him after my grandfather died (Alfred) – particularly him lacing skates on my feet and letting me roll around the house when my mother was not home. He took me to get Chinese food before I was old enough to go to school and gave me ice cream every single time I saw him – even at the age thirty-six. His wit and wisdom never failed.

I am reminded of Uncle Bob whenever I read Jack London’s The Call of the Wild - and much like that adventure, I know Bob’s tall tales will fondly be remembered for generations to come.
— Landon T. Polley
Bob was a dear friend to RJ Button, always willing to help with hard work and to "be there" when needed. RJ (aka Bob) enjoyed hunting trips out West and locally with Bob throughout their long friendship. He will be sorely missed. RJ and Sandi Button
— RJ Button
He truly was Uncle Bob to us. He was at our house from the time we were little to the end of Mom & Dad’s life. He helped build our house, brought his snowmobiles to ride and played Euchre with us until the “wee” hours. He was always and will always be special to Carol, Cheryl and I. We extend our deepest sympathy to his immediate family.
— Gale Fisk
Oh, the last goodbye’s the hardest one to say,
This is where the cowboy rides away.

Loving you always.

For the good times.
— Joanne
My deepest condolences to Uncle Bob's Family. I loved him dearly. I was a part of the Family for a bit so I got to know him pretty well. He was a wonderful individual who made me feel as if I was a part of that Family for forever.
To his Children, his Sister's, his Niece's Karen, Pam and Nephew Terry....I am so very sorry for your loss.
May he be singing and dancing in the heaven's.
— Kathi Trincilla-Brabow
Bob and I worked together for over 50 years, Bob was my friend, business partner and stable rock. He was the BEST.
— Tom gacki
There are people who truly touch your life and your heart in profound ways. Uncle Bob has been one for me. He was strong influence to me in so many ways...with his big heart, his charisma, his love and his caring. One of my fondest memories is my brother Lance and I spending a week with Uncle Bob and Aunt Mary Lou. We laughed, sang, UB played the spoons, learned more about life in our youth about what a wonderful person can be. He will be missed but I will see him on the race tracks with the horses!
— Danielle Kinney
Bob had many friends. I would think I was one of his good friends. We worked together on many tough jobs. He worked together with the laborers, operators and whoever was on the job. He worked as hard or even harder than anyone else on the job. The last time I saw him we played euchre at his deer camp. He said that the next time we see him would probably be across the road, which is where he is now. Thanks Bob for all the memories and good times we had at work and at your deer camp. Will miss you.
Leo & Ruth
— Leo Oberski
What an interesting Obituary! A tribute to a man who knew how to live life & be an example for many. We NEED MANY MORE like him! Well Done, Uncle Bob!!
— Uncle Jon & Aunt Brenda

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