BRUCE CROSSING, Mich. - Robert A. Spears, 59, of Bruce Crossing, died at home on Jan. 31, 2014.
He was born Sept. 22, 1954, to Art and Peggy Spears in Detroit. He grew up in Marine City and Walled Lake. He entered the apprenticeship program just after high school and became a boilermaker. He worked as a boilermaker (Michigan local 169) until his retirement.
Bob (also known as Buffalo) retired to Bruce Crossing. He loved this community and found great joy in becoming involved in many ways. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, a member of the Lions Club, and an active member of his church, the Ewen United Methodist Church. He was involved with 4-H and the county fair, the historical society, Little Brothers and the local Alcoholics Anonymous. He also was a frequent caller to Jan Tucker call in radio show on Y-101. He enjoyed going to the local high school's games and could be heard ringing a cowbell to cheer them on.
He also enjoyed hunting and fishing, crabbing on the Oregon coast, raising bees, raising pigs, and the faithful companionship of his dogs, Maggie and PupPup.
We will remember him for his sometimes bigger-than-life personality, his good deeds, his willingness to help out someone in need, and his ever-present ability to tell a good story. Buffalo had a big heart and will be missed by many.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Margaret Spears; and his brother, James Spears.
Bob is survived by his sister, Carolyn Spears, of Portland, Ore .; and his daughter, Nicole May, of Algonac.
There will be a celebration of life for Robert on Saturday, Feb.15, at 11 a.m. at the Ewen-Trout Creek High School in Ewen.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Ewen United Methodist Church or the Ottawa Lions Club.