Robert J. Hart

GLADSTONE – Robert J. Hart, 90, of Gladstone, and currently residing at Tender Care Nursing Home in Munising, passed away early Wednesday morning, Feb. 19, 2014, at Marquette General Hospital.

Bob was born May 5, 1923, in Gladstone, the son of Edward P. and Lillian (Norman) Hart. He was raised in Gladstone and graduated from the Gladstone High School. On Nov. 11, 1942, Bob enlisted in the United States Army, serving during World War II, until his honorable discharge in November of 1945. Throughout his enlistment, Bob received medals of accommodation which included; the Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with four Bronze Battle Stars, three Overseas Service Bars, one Service Stripe, Good Conduct Medal and the Belgian Fourragere, issued by His Royal Highness and Prince-Regent of Belgium for meritorious service, victory and liberation of Belgium from October 1944 to January 1945. Bob’s humble service and patriotic heritage is treasured by his family.

On April 24, 1948, Bob was united in marriage to the former Lois Buckland and together the couple made their home and raised their family in Gladstone. His one true love, Lois, remains in their original family home. Over the years, Bob was employed at Mead Paper, working as an operator in the color department, until his retirement in 1986. His lifetime hobbies included fishing, hunting, traveling, camping and taking walks. Bob enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and later, treasured spending time with his great-grandchildren. He will be deeply missed.

Bob leaves to survive his wife of 65 years, Lois; son, Edward (Sheila) Hart of Honey Lake, Fla.; daughter, Jeanette (Dale) Klein of Escanaba; grandchildren, Bob (Michelle), Jennifer, Andy (Kelly), Elizabeth, Melissa (Jacob), Michael (Terri) and Amy (Tom).

Also surviving are 11 loving great-grandchildren, precious twins on the way; niece, Mary Jo; and nephews, Dale and Dennis Beck.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Lillian; sister, Betty (Ken) Beck; uncle, Andy Norman.

In accordance and honor to Bob’s wishes, funeral services will be held at the convenience of the Hart family. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting the Hart family with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be offered online at