F. Robert “Bob” Prins, Jr., age 64, of Gladstone, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 31, 2017, at home following a battle with cancer. His final days were spent surrounded by family and friends.
Bob was born February 10, 1953, in Troy, New York, the son of Fred Robert and Betty Jean (Edward) Prins, Sr. He was raised in Gladstone and graduated from Gladstone High School in 1971. Bob was united in marriage to Carol Delveaux on May 26, 1973, at Holy Family Church in Flat Rock. He was the owner and operator of National Car Rental in Escanaba for the past twenty years. Bob was a member of the United Evangelical Covenant Church in Gladstone, as well as the Terrace Bluff Golf Club. He loved golfing, especially playing his weekly foursome matches. Bob also enjoyed participating in numerous golf tournaments which included winning the President’s Cup tournament with partner, Steve Delveaux, during his final summer of golf. He was also a lifelong Green Bay Packers and Michigan fan, an avid reader, and spent hours solving crossword puzzles. Bob also loved spending time with friends and family.
Bob is survived by his wife, Carol; his children, Paula (Eric) Lundin, Robert (Brooke) Prins, and Katie (Jake) Sinclair, all of Gladstone; his grandchildren, Megan and Abby Lundin, Elena, Alex, and Jack Prins, and Jacob and Calvin Sinclair; his sisters, Judy (Mike) Donovan of Cornell and Bonnie (Steve) Janchenko of Gladstone; sisters-in-law, Barb (Jim) Sovey of Gladstone and Loretta (Jake) Jacobson of Fremont, Wisconsin; brother-in-law, Steve (Patty) Delveaux of Gladstone, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The family will receive friends on Friday, January 5, from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services will be at 6:00 PM at the United Evangelical Covenant Church.
A dinner will be served following the services in the fellowship hall. Bob will be laid to rest in the Fernwood Cemetery.