Robert “Bob” DeLange
age 73 of Algonac, MI. passed away October 25, 2015 in his home. He was born June 23, 1942 to the late William and Virginia (nee LaBounty) DeLange, in Detroit, MI. He married Sara Westwood on October 13, 1962.
Bob owned and operated Allen Boats and also had a pro shop at the Colony Bowling Alley. Some of Bob‘s interest included hockey, fishing, golfing, bowling, and shooting trap and skeet. He was known for his competitive spirit and sense of humor. He loved the water and boating.
Mr. DeLange is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Sara, children Kathleen (Kevin) Mikolowski, Robert (Lois) DeLange, Colleen DeDeckere, Jennifer (Gordon) Birgbauer, Michael (Amy) DeLange, Kelley (Matthew) Miller, and Noah (Kimberly) DeLange. Siblings Richard (Susan) DeLange, Laura (Thomas) Sauber, and William DeLange, 20 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews, and his feline lap companion Snert. Bob was predeceased by a granddaughter Aarika Mikolowski.
Cremation has taken place. Arrangements by the Gilbert Funeral Home, Algonac.
A favorite poem of Bob's
I am standing at the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says: “There she is gone!”
Gone from my sight that is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at that moment when someone at my side says: “There she is gone!” There are other eyes watching her coming and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: “Here she comes!”
And that is dying.