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Robert Ward Mackie

August 26, 1933 — November 18, 2023

Walloon Lake, Michigan

Robert Ward Mackie


August 26, 1933 ---November18, 2023

Bob passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family after a long and courageous battle with multiple myeloma.  Bob was born on August 26, 1933, the son of Ward and Creo Mackie.  He was a graduate of Petoskey High School and served in the army during the Korean war.

On November 17, 1956, Bob married Irene Delores Florenski and together they had three children, Thomas, (Jan), Lori Lyn (Chris), James and two grandchildren, Jon, and Sabena.

Bob led a full life of family and friends. He served as a volunteer fireman in Melrose township.  He was also a founding member of the Northern Michigan Antique- Flywheelers Club where he spent many enjoyable hours at the showgrounds.

Bob is survived by his wife of 67 years, Irene, and their children and grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his brother Bill.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Melrose Township Fire Department, Northern Michigan Antique-Flywheelers Club or McLaren Hospice.

There will be no visitation or funeral service per his request.

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God Saw He Was Getting Tired

God saw he was getting tired, and a cure was not to be.  So, He put his arms around him and whispered, "Come wit. e."  With tearful eyes we watched him suffer and saw him fade away.  Although we loved him dearly, we could not make him stay.  A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands to rest.  God broke our heart to prove to us He only takes the best. 

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