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Robert Surch

Robert Dean Surch

February 4th, 1929 - April 24th, 2022

Robert's Obituary

Robert Dean Surch, 93, of Buchanan, MI passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2022 at Spectrum Lakeland Health in St. Joseph, MI. Arrangements have been entrusted to Swem Chapel – 301 W. Front St., Buchanan, MI.

Bob was born on February 4, 1929 in Buchanan, MI to the late Harry and Flossie (Conrad) Surch. He was a 1947 graduate of Buchanan High School. Thereafter he served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant. On February 6, 1954 in Buchanan he married Joyce Eckelbarger. Bob worked as a machinist at Electro-Voice until 1971 and then at National Standard as a design engineer until 1993. He completed his career as a driver with Enterprise until 2017. Bob was a member of Faith United Methodist Church in Buchanan. He was very active in the church and served as a Sunday school teacher, a member of the choir, a cook and mowed the grass. He was a Little League Baseball coach, loved to ride his motorcycle, enjoyed traveling the world, and square dancing. Bob and Joyce hosted foreign exchange students from Sweden and Belgium. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, and will be fondly missed.
Bob is survived by his wife-Joyce; his children-Karen (Jerry) Cuthbert of Buchanan, Kathryn (Jim) Rund of St. Charles, IL, Douglas (Ellen) Surch of Warrenville, IL and Kevin (Jody) Surch of Berrien Springs, MI; grandchildren-Jennie, Katie, Jill, Kristin, Danielle, Michael and Patrick; twelve great grandchildren; and a sister-Darlene (Roger) Davis of Niles, MI. He is preceded in death by his parents-Harry and Flossie Surch and a brother-Rex Surch.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Weds., April 27, 11:30am at Swem Chapel with Pastor Edward H. Slate officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Buchanan. Visitation with the family precedes the service from 10:30-11:30am at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Friends wishing to leave the family a message of condolence may do so at www.swemchapel.com

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