Robert M. “Bob” Mineau

Resided in Gladstone, MI
Died June 22, 2018

Robert M. “Bob” Mineau, 80, of 9047 Minnewasca Q Drive, Gladstone, passed away Friday morning June 22, 2018 at home following a lengthy illness.

Bob was born February 19, 1938 in Escanaba, MI the son of Clifford and Shirley (Pease) Mineau. He was raised in Gladstone where he was a 1956 graduate of Gladstone High School. He joined the United States Air Force in June of 1956. He went from California to Illinois to South Carolina, to Vietnam (3 tours), to Florida, to Virginia, traveling all over the US with Inspector General to Wiesbaden, and Ramstein AB in Germany (traveling all over Europe), to KI Sawyer AFB. In between, he served temporary duty in France, Belgium, Africa, Greece, Okinawa, Korea, New Zealand, and many other places. He retired at KI Sawyer AFB as a SMSgt in August of 1983. Bob served his country for over 28 years.

Bob was united in marriage to the former Jeanette Krout on July 13, 1985 at the All Saints Church in Gladstone. Bob was the Director of the Bonifas Fine Arts Center for 6 years and later the Executive Director for Bayview and Fairview Manors in Gladstone before his retirement.

Bob was a member of the All Saints Church in Gladstone where he was a C.C.D. teacher, usher and lector. He also was a member of the Knights of Columbus and past Commander of the Gladstone American Legion Post #71. He was instrumental in the planning, development & completion of the Delta County Veterans Park. He was also involved with the Boy Scouts of America for many years.

Bob loved spending time with his family, playing games and telling stories. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially hunting and watching the birds. His hobbies included reading Western novels, especially Louis L’Amour. In later years, Bob loved working word search puzzles and watching old western movies. He will be remembered for his sarcastic sense of humor.

In addition to his wife Jeanette, survivors include:
Mona (Bill Brown) Mineau of Blissfield, MI
Clifford (Connie) Mineau of Marquette, MI
Mark (Tracy) Aicher of Battle Creek, MI
Roman Mineau of Liberty, S.C.
Jeffrey (Christy) Aicher of New Washington, OH
Robin (Chad) Abel of Appleton, WI
Jennifer (Jeff) DuVall of Marquette, MI

George Mineau of Cornell, MI
Charles (Helen) Mineau of Gladstone, MI
Jeffrey (Wanda) Mineau of Sheboygan, WI

Barbara (Walter) Busbani of Ford River, MI
Annette (Ted) Russell of Rock, MI
Melissa (Dan) Ward of Gladstone, MI
Katrin (Keith) Pottinger of Urban, PA
Roxanne (David) Groll of Rapid River, MI

His former wife, Hester Spivey of South Carolina, 14 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins

In addition to his parents, his step-mother, Gertrude Mineau, and twin brothers, Ronald and Donald, preceded Bob in death.

Bob’s family will receive friends on Wednesday June 27, 2018 from 3:00 to 5:15 pm at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. The Knights of Columbus will recite the rosary at 2:45 pm prior to visitation beginning. Military rites conducted by the Gladstone American Legion Post #71 will follow at 5:15 pm. Following military rites, his brother Reverend Charles Mineau will speak. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 6:00 pm at the All Saints Church with Rev. Fr. Brian Gerber officiating. Luncheon will follow in the All Saints Church Parish Hall. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells, MI. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the Delta County Veterans Park or to the Room at the Inn.

15 Tributes for “Robert M. “Bob” Mineau

    Bob was a great person, father and leader. I was pleasure knowing Bob. Our paths crossed in school and in the Air Force many times. A lot of people will miss Bob. He was fun to be with.

    Dan & Ute Cowell

    As a young niece of Bob’s, I remember his contagious smile and jovial attitude. He loved life and obviously lived it to the fullest. Bob was a special man and will be immensely missed. A heartfelt “THANK YOU “ for serving his country so selflessly. Rest In Peace Uncle Bob.

    I’ll miss you, Papa. You were so loving and generous, a good listener, and FUN to be around. I loved your sense of humor and hearing stories about your life. You’ve left a huge hole and family gatherings just won’t be the same without you, but I know you’re at peace and free of pain now. Lots of thoughts and love to you from the kids and me.

    Dear Cliff
    Sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

    Dee A

    SMSgt Mineau was an outstanding senior NCO. I had the pleasure of being in his squadron (FMS) at K. I. Sawyer AFB. He was a great leader and set an example for many of us younger NCOs to follow. I always remembered him and many of the things he taught us. Great sense of humor. Rest in peace and God speed.

    So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Bob was a great guy. Gary and Kathy Maynard.

    Sorry to hear about your dad Cliff. It’s been many years since I had seen him but always remembered what a positive and upbeat person he was. I always liked being around him. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Bob and I was stationed together in the late 1950’s at Donaldson Air Force base in Greenville SC. I was Bobs brother inlaw from his first marriage. We had many happy and memorable experiances hiking and exploring the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.Bobs military bearing was exemplary. It was a pleasure to know and associate with a man of Bobs calibre.

    Hey Cliff, sorry to hear about your dad. It’s been a long time since I saw him, he was always an upbeat positive person who was great to be around. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Ed

    To Bob’s Family: I am so saddened to learn today (I was out of town the past week) of Bob’s passing. For the most part, I knew Bob as a very active and valuable member of some of the organizations listed above. He always had a positive outlook on things and will be missed by many.

    I’m so sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. We were good friends through our school years.

    Dear Jeanette and family,
    Sorry to hear about the passing of Bob. We like to present our condolences to all the family. Especially our thoughts are with Jeanette. Our prayers are with you. And hopefully Jeanette you will find the strenght to continue your life in lovin’ memory of Bob.
    Guido Monique and Lea from Belgium.

    I’m going to miss you Papa Bob. It’s not going to be quite the same visiting the U.P. without your big personality and unfalteringly warm welcome. You’ll live on though through your stories and the impact that you’ve had on your family. I love you Papa Bob and am very happy to have had you in my life.

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