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Mr. Robert F. "Bob" Hughes

Mr. Robert F. "Bob" Hughes
  • March 12, 1947 - November 27, 2020
  • Hickory Corners, Michigan
  • Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes
    901 Portage Street
    Kalamazoo, MI 49001

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“We were saddened by the news of your loss. Bob was a caring man who will be missed by so many, both family and friends, that he touched on in his...Read More »
1 of 24 | Posted by: Dan and Nancy Maudlin

“Everytime I went in to J&j lock and bob was there I was happy to see him He always made me laugh.. I really enjoyed his company. He definetly made a...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Dan Orourke - Kalamazoo, MI

“I have only know Bob a short time since my employment with the family business. Bob always had a smile on his face and knew how to get a laugh. He...Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: MICHELLE RAIFSNIDER - Portage, MI

“Our deepest sympathy ,thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Helen. ”
4 of 24 | Posted by: Laura and Stew Davenport

“We are so sorry to learn that Bob passed away. Helen, please know that we are thinking of you and your family.Sending love and hugs. Denise & Ed ”
5 of 24 | Posted by: Denise & Ed Bartz - Mattawan, MI

“Helen and family, Bob was truly a great person and will be missed by many, our thoughts and prayers to you during this most difficult time. ”
6 of 24 | Posted by: Doug & jeni Simpson - Friend

“So sorry Hellen to hear of Bob's passing. My brothers Bill, John, and I worked with Bob for many years at Seelye Ford and will fondly remember him as...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Ron Howard - Otsego, MI - Friend

“So sorry Hellen to hear of Bob's passing. My brothers Bill, John, and I worked with Bob for many years at Seelye Ford and will fondly remember him as...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Ron Howard - Otsego, MI - Friend

“So sorry to hear of Bob ‘s passing. He always had a fishing rod with him in his younger years, and kept one in the trunk of his car! A...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: Judy VanDenBerg (Loveland)

“Our deepest sympathy to you, Helen, and your family. ”
10 of 24 | Posted by: Rick and Linda Schipper - MI

“My condolences to Helen and the family. I worked with Bobbie at Seelyee and enjoyed playing softball with him. ”
11 of 24 | Posted by: GIL PEAKE - Kalamazoo, MI

“He will be missed. So very sorry for your loss. May he Rest In Peace. ”
12 of 24 | Posted by: Margareth Wlodarski - Seminole, FL

“Sending thoughts of peace and comfort to the familyKaren (J &J Paint and Glass,retired) ”
13 of 24 | Posted by: Karen StJohn - Kalamazoo, MI

“I'm so sorry Helen , Greg and Chris what a great man your dad was I thought about all the good times we had a Seelyes often. Sending lots of love I...Read More »
14 of 24 | Posted by: Greg Weaver - Otsego, MI - Friend

“Bob was not only Doug's boss, but a highly respected friend! They spent many great times together both before & after Doug's retirement!! My...Read More »
15 of 24 | Posted by: Judi Corwin - Friend

“Bob was not only Doug's boss, but highly respected friend! They spent many great times together both before and after Doug's retirement! My...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Judi Corwin - Friend

“Helen I’m so sorry to hear of Bobs passing. I know the times we met with you and Bob we always had fun . What I’m going to miss most...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: John Lebiecki - Friend

“My condolences to Ron and Sandra Plooy and Bob’s family during this difficult time. Been a lot of years back at the homestead where we spent...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Sue Higgd - Acquaintance

“My condolences to the family. Reading the obituary is the first time I knew his name but we knew each other for twenty plus years. I was a customer...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Daniel ward - Acquaintance

“It is with tears that we want you to know how schocked and saddened we are by this news. We will get in touch to give you all the hugs we can. ...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: Bob and Jackie Ryan - Manistee, MI

“IAM so sorry for your lost I went to school with Bob and Sandra my name was sandy owen ”
21 of 24 | Posted by: Mrs.sandy cole - Classmate

“Bob will be greatly missed at our neighborhood "Thirsty Thursday" nights. We would like to offer our sincerest sympathies to Helen and the rest of...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Dave & Kay Koldyke - MI

“Helen and family my heart is sadden by your loss. Please know that I am keeping you all close in thought and prayer. Bob was a wonderful man and...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: Vickie Forman - Battle Creek, MI

“We will pray for peace and healing for all of you. ”
24 of 24 | Posted by: Terry and Connie Brenner - Otsego, MI

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Robert F. "Bob" Hughes, age 73, of Hickory Corners, sadly passed away Friday morning, November 27, 2020 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo. He was born in Plainwell, Michigan on March 12, 1947, the son of Rankin and Inez (Rowe) Hughes and graduated from Delton Kellogg High School. Bob faithfully served his country in Vietnam as a member of the United States Army. He worked as a mechanic for Don Seelye Ford for more than 26 years, and after he owned & operated J & J Locksmiths for over 26 years with his family.

Bob married the "Love of His Life" Helen McAllan in Delton, Michigan on September 22, 1973; she survives. He is also survived by his sons, Gregory (Bobbie) Hughes of Richland and Christopher (Erin) Hughes of Galesburg; his two grandchildren, Avery and Charlie; and his sister, Sandra (Ron) Plooy of Macomb, Michigan. Bob was preceded in death by his parents.

After his retirement, Bob loved to go back to the shop weekly and see his former employees. Sometimes the employees at the shop left hard lock jobs and Bob would tinker on them for hours.

Yearly, he looked forward to driving down to Florida to escape the Michigan winters, where Bob and Helen spent at least 5 months per year. Their residence was a mile from the ocean which made time for frequent walks on the beach.

Bob was a member of the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA) and the American Legion & VFW posts in Largo, Florida. He had a Superformance Shelby Cobra sport car which was utilized for cruising, attending car shows, and going out to dinner. He loved to polish, tinker, and get the Cobra in pristine condition before car shows, of which he won many trophies. His car made the front page in the local paper during one of these car shows.

For many years, the family sailed together on Lake Michigan, that prompted them to move to Gull Lake. As Bob lived on a lake, some of his favorite things to do were boating, sailing, and fishing. He also enjoyed watching TV, especially old movies & westerns, going out to eat with his friends, and spending time with his family.
Due to current government regulations a memorial service to celebrate Bob's life will be held at the Fort Custer National Cemetery when it is safe to gather again. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations in memory of Bob to the Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes Food Bank. Arrangements by the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Richland Chapel.