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Robert Winquist

Robert-WinquistRobert Charles Winquist, age 81, slalomed his way across the finish line on Wednesday January 2nd, 2013 at his home at Caberfae Peaks surrounded by his family and wife Ariadne. After being diagnosed with a brain tumor in April, Bob achieved his goal of attending his grandson Erik’s wedding, deer hunting, celebrating the holidays and most important, visiting with his friends and relatives daily for 9 months. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Martha Winquist; stepfather, Bernard Edison; brothers-in-law, Fred Boshoven, Harold Yeargin; and sister-in-law, Udella Munson. Bob was born in 1931 and graduated from Rockford High School in l950. His love of cars led him into owning the Cedar Body Shop in Cedar Springs. At that time he was the number one dune buggy builder and seller in Western Michigan. His innate sales ability later translated into a successful mobile home business (CBS Homes) and also various real estate ventures. He was a skilled and speedy builder who was the one his children went to when a home improvement plan was needed. Deer hunting was a passion, and skiing and golf were integral parts of his life. Bob is survived by his wife Ariadne of 60 years; daughters, Boni (Glenn) Stout and Sheri (Doug) Frye; and sons, Scott (Kristine) Winquist and Tom (Jacqueline) Winquist. His devoted grandchildren are many: Cari (Ryan) Martin, Sara (Jarred) Sper, Christopher (Ashley) Hansen, Alisa (John) Hole, Erik (Natalie) Winquist, Heidi (Martin) Tichy, Alissandra and Aubrie Winquist; and step grandchildren, Colton, Christy and Debby (Scott) Haverdink. His life was further enlightened by his 13 great grandchildren: Parker, Tyler, Sammy, Avery, Maya, Michael, Kaylin, Makenna, Skylar, Ariadne, Brecken, Ashley, and Chelsea. He is also survived by his brother, Tom (Shirley) Winquist; sister, Janet Boshoven; sisters- in-law, Gertrude Yeargin, Maxine Gordon; and step-sisters, Karen (Bill) Brumit and Vivian (David) Klinck. Bob was blessed with countless friends including those at the Harrietta United Methodist Church (HUMC) where he devoted his building talents to making the church more accessible for others to share in their fellowship. Many thanks for the prayers of church members, family and friends as well as the kind and compassionate support of the “Cancer Bus” driver (Wayne), medical staff and hospice care givers. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday January 7, 2013 at the Harrietta United Methodist Church with Pastor Beverly Williams officiating. The family will receive friends for visitation from 10:00 AM until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the HUMC would be appreciated for a special project in Bob’s memory. Please visits Bob’s personal memory page to share photos and memories with the family at www.oakgrovefh.com. There will be a reception following the memorial service held at Caberfae Ski Club, 6492 11th Rd, and everyone is invited. The family has entrusted funeral arrangements with Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center.


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2 Responses to “Robert Winquist”

  1. Fred & Becky Bunting says:

    Our love and prayers to the entire Winquist family. Fred and I will alway’s cherish our memories with you all for a very special New Year last year. Bob will be dearly missed. No doubt he will watch over you all on the slopes and wherever life takes you.

  2. Jeff and Jana says:

    We were so surprised of Bob’s passing and even though our paths only crossed once, we could tell what kind of man he was. You see, we purchased a house that he built in the Rockford area last year and knew that he cared deeply about what he did and how he did it, just by the way this house was built, built upon a rock! We know he will be greatly missed by his family and friends, as we lost both our fathers in 2011. Our prayers are with all of you.


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