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Robert  Harold "Bob" Bertelson

Robert Harold "Bob" Bertelson
  • August 8, 1947 - November 16, 2020
  • Battle Creek, Michigan

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“Bob was a nice guy who was always friendly and very easy going. ”
1 of 24 | Posted by: William McCreary - Rockford, MI

“I grew up next door to the Bertelsons. Bob's father Harold went to school with my parents, at Grand Rapids Central High School, and he was best man...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: DALE ZALAORAS - WYOMING, MI

“Wow!!!!! What a shock. Have known Pam and Bob since Kelli was in elementary school. Our girls went to school together. We are so deeply sorry for...Read More »

“Pam, our deepest sympathy to you and your family, enjoyed knowing Bob in the ORIII park and we are sure that you all have some great memories that...Read More »
4 of 24 | Posted by: Ron & Carol Carmichael - FL

“Peace to Pam and children. Loved having Bob as my Fed Ctr supervisor. He always had a smile and words of encouragment. One of few that encouraged...Read More »
5 of 24 | Posted by: ANNETTE KUKLA - East Leroy, MI

“Pam and family our thoughts and prayers go out to you during this difficult time. Bob was Keith's boss and mentor during his later years at the...Read More »
6 of 24 | Posted by: Keith and Patti Halverson - MI

“Our prayers are with Pam and all of her family. We join in celebrating a life well lived. - Bob and Sandy Mobley ”
7 of 24 | Posted by: Robert Mobley - Ceresco, MI

“My deepest condolences to Bob's family! It was great connecting with him again on social media! May God comfort all of you during this difficult time...Read More »
8 of 24 | Posted by: Kathy Moore - Caledonia, MI

“Bob was my supervisor at the Federal Center while I was in Cataloging. He was a great guy. We both also served at the Air Guard Base, but we served...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: Randy Snow - Kalamazoo, MI

“Bob was always an upbeat and encouraging person. I enjoyed our working relationship in CASC and our participation in Uncle Sam's Band. He'll be...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Mark Walter - Battle Creek, MI

“Bob was a wonderful guy with an award winning smile! I will miss our conversations at the family reunion. Peace and love, Tom ”
11 of 24 | Posted by: Tom Hawkins - Tecumseh, MI

“I had the pleasure of working with/for Bob early in my career at Cataloging and Standardization Center (CASC). Bob was a warm and friendly caring...Read More »
12 of 24 | Posted by: James Keller - Battle Creek, MI

“I had the distinct honor and privilege to work with Bob, he was Patriot who served and loved his Country. He was a devoted family man and I...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Frank Walker - Friend

“My condolences to Bob's family. Bob was a member of the Michigan A N G for many years , he was a dedicated patriot to our squadron. ”
14 of 24 | Posted by: Jerry Hendrickson - Kalamazoo, MI

“Bob was the best! Always kind, always nice! He will be sorely missed. RIP. ”
15 of 24 | Posted by: Patti Dillon - Battle Creek, MI

“Bob was one of my favorite people at the Federal Center. He was always so friendly and positive. Prayers to Pam and his family. My God give you the...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Susan Buckley - Battle Creek, MI

“That smile is what I remember. Such a great guy who I had the pleasure of working for. To his family may you find solace in realizing how many...Read More »
17 of 24 | Posted by: Lindy Watson - Ceresco, MI

“Sending Heartfelt Sympathy to Bob's Family; it is with a Heavy Heart to have read about the passing on Bob. He was once my Boss at the Fed Center...Read More »
18 of 24 | Posted by: Marilyn Esters-Morris - MI

“Pam, Pat and families Please accept our condolences in the loss of Bob. You are in my thoughts and prayers! I am remembering his smile laughter, and...Read More »
19 of 24 | Posted by: Lois Everitt - BREMEN, OH

“Mr B, I love you and appreciate all your kindness, understanding, and humor. Thank you for being such a great neighbor and friend to me and our...Read More »
20 of 24 | Posted by: Andrew Leeson - Los Angeles, CA

“What terrible news! Our prayers to Pam and the family, Bob was a great guy, with a great sense of humor. He will be missed by many.. ”
21 of 24 | Posted by: Jerry & Cathy Cook - Battle Creek, MI

“Nora and I have cherished the times spent with Bob in Zephyrhills. Friends like him don't come along very often. Now are prayers are for Pam and...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Clair & Nora Marquart - NY

“Pam and Family,Sending condolences to each of you. This is a very hard loss I'm sure. So glad I had the pleasure of knowing Bob. Everytime I saw him...Read More »
23 of 24 | Posted by: Cheryl Washam - Battle Creek, MI

“Dear Pam, Kellie, Chad, Larry, Paul and Jan, Terry and I are derply sorry for the loss of Bob. We loved him. Our hearts are broken. We are here to...Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: Carole & Terry Zylman - MI

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Robert (Bob) Harold Bertelson, age 73, of Battle Creek left us on Monday morning, November 16, 2020. Bob spent more than 33 years serving the country he loved. During the Vietnam war, he served in the United States Air Force as a SSgt. He later continued his service by working at the Battle Creek Federal Center until he retired in 2004. Bob was a member of the Pennfield Exchange Club and the Uncle Sam's Band for many years. He loved spending time with his family especially at "The Cottage". He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed traveling, photography and wintering in Florida. Bob was also a diehard U of M Football fan through good seasons and bad. He brought much to many and will be greatly missed.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Harold Jr and Mary Mae Bertelson. Bob is survived by the "Love of His Life", Pamela J. Levengood. They were married on August 6, 1976. Bob also leaves behind his children: Scott (Tracy) Bertelson, Kristi (Leo) Latella, Kelli (L.T.) Cornell, Chad (Heather) Bertelson; His grandchildren: Devin, Dylan, Carter, Mason, Gavin, Rory, Luci, Rhya, Jude; A sister: Patricia (Jack) Houghtalin; and several nieces & nephews.

The family will receive friends 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. A private family service will be held 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 25, 2020. The service will be Live-Streamed and may be viewed by visiting Interment with full military honors will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery and may be viewed at

In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the The Barn Theatre School, 13351 West M-96, Augusta, MI 49012 or the Cereal City Concert Band 80 Sherman Rd, Battle Creek, MI 49017.

The family created a beautiful slideshow with pictures of Bob's life and it may be enjoyed by visiting.