He was united in marriage to Glada (Otis) Kesler on June 21, 1952. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy as a gunnery officer and first lieutenant. He worked for George Worthington Co. as a Vice President and General Manager before retiring in 1991 after over 40 years of service. He enjoyed spending his summers at his cottage on Pretty Lake and enjoying time with his family and grand-dogs. He was a graduate and devoted fan of Michigan State University.
Robert was preceded in death by his parents; wife; sister and brother-in-law, Maxine and Leonard Hicks. He is survived by his 3 daughters, Sue (Tom) Lazaroff, Kay Norris, and Patti (Art) Austin of Florida; 5 grandchildren, Mindi Blair, Lori (Scott) Johnson, Jackilyn (Regie) Rieder, Scott (Stephanie) Lazaroff, and Michael Norris; 8 great-grandchildren, Taylor, Aubrie, and Mason Blair, Ethan, Zach, and Tate Johnson, Aleaha and Brielle Rieder; step-grandson, Marqell Austin; and several nieces and nephews.
The family would like to give special thanks to his niece, Mary Jo Lifford, for her devotion to him during his last few years, and special thanks to the caring staff at Holt Senior Care and Rehab.
The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 2, 2012, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, with Pastor James Robinson officiating. Interment will follow in Deepdale Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Diabetes Association in memory of Robert Kesler.