Robert “Bob” J. Bower, age 91, of North Branch, MI passed away Sunday, January 26, 2020 at United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital in Marlette, MI.

He was born April 30, 1928 in North Branch, MI, son of Gregory T. and Gertrude C. (Robinet) Bauer. Bob married Gertrude Elenora Crittenden on October 7, 1946 in Ohio and they were married for 59 years. He worked as a manager for Lapeer State Game Area (DNR). Bob was a member of St. Mary’s Burnside Catholic Church. He was an avid Detroit Tigers fan and rock collector. Bob loved World War II airplanes, western movies, antique shopping, hunting and going to the cabin up north.

Bob is survived by his children, Thomas J. (Anne) Bower and Rita Freidinger; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, Mildred Bauer; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude E. Bower in 2005; daughter, Kathy Davis; parents, Gregory and Gertrude Bauer; siblings, George and Walter Bauer, Marie Rivers, Thomas Bower, Frank Bauer, Arthur Bower, and Marcella Bauer.

Cremation services have been entrusted to Marsh Funeral Chapel, Marlette. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date.

Memorial Contributions may be made to United Hospice Service of Marlette Regional Hospital.

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Arrangements by Marsh Funeral Chapel, 2675 Main St., Marlette, MI 48453. Phone 989-635-3658.