Robert A. Stiles, age 66, of Sturgis, passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning, Oct. 1, 2009, at the Sturgis Hospital emergency room.
He was born Oct. 24, 1942, in Coldwater, a son of the late Guy and Edlah (Lincoln) Stiles.
Bob had resided in Sturgis since 1972, coming from Coldwater. His early life was spent in the Branch County area, and he graduated from Quincy High School with the class of 1961.
On Oct. 8, 1966, he married Karen Johns in Quincy.
Bob was a journeyman meat cutter by trade and had been employed by Kroger in Sturgis from 1966 until his retirement in 2002. After his retirement he went to work in the meat department of Felpausch in the Coldwater and Vicksburg stores from 2002-2007.
He was a member of the Sturgis Wesleyan Church. Bob was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1961-1965 during the Vietnam War.
He was currently serving on the board of directors of the Sturgis Bowling Association. Bob had a true appreciation for the outdoors and nature and enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing golf and bowling and he loved the annual family vacations.
He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Karen; a son, Michael Stiles of Sturgis; two sisters, Esther (Walter) Olmsted of Sturgis and Marjorie Stiles of Charleston, S.C.; a brother; Guy L. (Gene) Stiles; and several nieces and nephews.
His parents and one sister, Elizabeth Wise, preceded him in death.
The family will receive friends from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Hackman Family Funeral Homes Rosenberg Chapel, 807 E. Chicago Road, Sturgis Funeral services celebrating the life of Robert A. Stiles will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Sturgis Wesleyan Church. The Rev. Steve Bean will officiate. A graveside committal will follow the service at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis, where military honors will be conferred by Captain John J. Kelley Post #1355 VFW and the U.S. Navy Honor Guard.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Stiles’ memory consider the Sturgis Wesleyan Church, 907 N. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091 or the Sturgis Young American Bowling Alliance (S.Y.A.B.A.) c/o: Chris and Sue Milligan, 203 S. Maple St., Sturgis, MI 49091. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
His obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhome.com, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.