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Robert  Edmund "Bob" Sumney

Robert Edmund "Bob" Sumney
  • January 19, 1944 - December 9, 2021
  • Battle Creek, Michigan

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“To the Family of Bob Sumney:Even thou I never got to meet any of Bob's Family. My late Husband Jim and I had a special connection with Bob's Mom, ...Read More »
1 of 11 | Posted by: Marilyn Lamborn - Kalamazoo, MI

“Bob our friendship began in kindergarten and has lasted a lifetime, thanks for a great ride, you have gone on ahead and one day we will reunite, then...Read More »
2 of 11 | Posted by: Jack Simpson

“Bob,As the oldest Cook cousin, I think we all looked up to you and your Mom Char and Dad Suds. My Mother Dorothy loved you dearly. Know that you...Read More »
3 of 11 | Posted by: Kandi (Frey) Snodgrass - Dublin, OH

“My family and I are so saddened by Bob's passing. We were fortunate to get to know Bob during his stay at Vibrant Life. My mom Pat was also a...Read More »
4 of 11 | Posted by: Kim Baughman - Portage, MI

“I´m so sorry to hear of your dad´s passing. He was a good guy-welcoming and funny. Sending much love and peace to you, Stacey and Tami. ”
5 of 11 | Posted by: Anne Thomas Wester - Friend

“To the Sumney Family - I have so many fun memories of our childhood at your house. Your dad was so generous with his love and laughter and I am so...Read More »
6 of 11 | Posted by: Paula Kurzmann

“Am saddened to hear of Bob's passing. My dad Vaughn often shared stories of the harrowing escapades he shared with Bob. Bob also reached out...Read More »
7 of 11 | Posted by: Brian Cook - Lansing, MI

“Semper fidelis my friend ”
8 of 11 | Posted by: Harry Gildea - Cape haze, FL

“Will miss you my old friend! Many good times were had, cold beverages sipped, and card games played! You will not be forgotten !! ”
9 of 11 | Posted by: Jim Hinz

“I love you dad! ”
10 of 11 | Posted by: Tamara Mack - London - Daughter

“Bob, My old friend. A privilege to have known you. Our time in High School will never be forgotten. Football, golf, parties, poker nights and endless...Read More »
11 of 11 | Posted by: George T Beattie - School


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Robert Edmund Sumney, 77, of Kalamazoo died peacefully on December 9, 2021 at Vibrant Life Senior Living.

Bob was born January 19, 1944 in San Diego, California to Robert Edmund Bishop and Charlotte Katherine (Cook Bishop) Sumney. After Bob's father passed in WWII, his mother, Charlotte married the father he always knew, Maurice Dale "Suds" Sumney. Bob grew up in Kalamazoo and was a graduate of University High School. He attended Ferris State University and then entered the U.S. Marine Corps. Most of Bob's 40+ year career was spent in the family business, Sumney Insurance Agency.

For several years during his career in insurance, he was a member of the Million Dollar Roundtable. Bob most enjoyed the years of his life when he embodied his entrepreneurial spirit. He was an early adopter of technology, writing programs and developing software for the insurance and hotels industries. Bob loved entertaining people, making them laugh, telling jokes and breaking out in song. He enjoyed sailing, golf and sports cars. One of his most treasured relationships was with his father, "Suds." The two were avid WMU Bronco fans, attending games, hosting booster events and feeding the teams. He will be remembered for his playful and gregarious spirit and his deep love of family.

Bob was formerly married to Beverly Rose Bernard. He is survived by their two daughters, Stacey (Denny) Stickle of Chicago, IL, Tamara (Tom) Mack of London, England; five grandchildren, Paige Stickle, Molly (Daniel) Mahoney, Tommy Mack, Fletcher Mack and Spencer Mack. Bob was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends will be received 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, 105 Capital Avenue N.E., Battle Creek, MI 49017. A service to celebrate Bob's life will be held at 12:30 p.m. following the visitation.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, The American Cancer Society or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.