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.