Age 96, passed away June 15, 2013. He was born May 18, 1917, in Lansing, where he lived his entire life. Robert married Frances (McKee), who preceded him in death in 2006. He worked for Motor Wheel Corp. for 46 years, retiring as Physical Distribution Manager. In 1941, Robert was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he held 14 ranks from recruit to Colonel during his 36 years of service, and he was proud of each one of them. He began in the 32nd Infantry Division, then Base Section 5 Quartermaster, 6th Army, and was separated from the 4th Army in 1946. Robert then joined the Army Reserves in 1947, working with the 46th Infantry Division of the Michigan National Guard. During his military career, he received the Distinguished Service medal, and the Legion of Merit Award (the highest noncombat award in the Army). He retired from the Army of the U.S. in 1972, and from the National Guard in 1977. Robert was a member of several organizations, among them are the National Guard Association of the United States, Capital Lodge #66, F&AM, and John S. Bersey Chapter #316 National Sojourners, Inc.
Surviving are: daughter, Susan Brundage; son, Robert W. (Teresa) Brundage; grandsons, Adam, William and Nicholas Brundage; nieces, Nancy Ann, Linda and Sandy; and special friend, John the Builder. In addition to his wife, Robert was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Jane.
The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2013, with a funeral service to begin at 7:00 p.m. A private interment will take place in Evergreen Cemetery, where he will receive military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lansing, or Sparrow Hospice Services.