Bob H. Avery

March 17, 1953October 4, 2013

Bob was born in Yokahama, Japan March 17, 1953 to George and Miyoko (Fujii) Avery. He lived in several countries and Okinawa, while growing up and graduated from Caro High School in 1971. For several years he was a photographer for the Tuscola County Advertiser and was a professional photographer for weddings in the area. He attended Saginaw Valley State University, graduating in 1975. He was selected for St. Luke's School of Medical Technology in Saginaw, finishing in 1977 and worked for St. Luke's Hospital as a medical technologist for several years. On October 1, 1977 he married his high school sweetheart, Nancy Clark, and accepted a position with the Bridgeport State Police Crime Lab as a forensic scientist in 1981. While there he helped to create DNA test guidelines for the state. In 1990 he took a position with the Department of Environmental Quality in Lansing, becoming the laboratory director in 1998. While director, he worked with the EPA to create a universally accepted standard for measuring analytical procedures. He retired in 2011. Most recently Bob crafted Mission style lamps and tables for Ragsdale Home Furnishings of Holt. Bob loved the outdoors, traveling, fishing, reading, woodworking, cooking, and making wine and beer. He was also a marine aquarium enthusiast, helping to form the Mid- Michigan Marine Club serving as a board member and president. This club annually held the most successful coral swap in the state. He also enjoyed making wood toys with friends to give at Christmas to several local organizations. Bob had a strong desire to learn and in return shared his knowledge with all ages. He was well liked and a friend to many and will be greatly missed. Surviving him is his wife Nancy, son Laren of Mt. Pleasant, daughter Alyssa of Lansing. He is also survived by his mother, Mickey Avery, sister, Linda (Steve) Coursey and brother Jack ( Lynnette) Avery all of Helena, Montana. He also leaves several nieces and nephews. His father predeceased him. A celebration of his life will be held in a few weeks. Those desiring may make a contribution to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, MarineBio Conservation Society or a charity of their choice. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes in DeWitt. Memories and condolences may be shared at


  • Memorial Service

Bob H. Avery

have a memory or condolence to add?


receive updates when new memories are posted

John V

August 14, 2017

Cheri Saeger

August 11, 2017

My condolences to Nancy, Laren and Alyssa. Forgive me for being so late in posting this. I had not heard of my dear cousin's death.

I always thought of my cousin as a brother for we spent summers together on my Dad's farm in Kochville and Vassar. We bailed hay and straw and played together on our Grandparent's property in Caro.
I first was a pen pal to Bob before their family moved from Okinawa, Japan. He taught me how to count in Japanese. I will miss you so much and hopefully get to hear from Nancy and your children. I hope to hear from Linda and Jack as well. I understand Aunt Mickey passed too. She was always so good to me. I have missed too much..

Cousin, Cheri

Laura Chase

May 29, 2014

Our condolences to Bob's family. I knew Bob at Saginaw Valley College in the early 70's. He was a good friend and hiked with us in the Outing Club. My husband is Dr. Chase and he was our faculty advisor for the hiking club at the time. We are both saddened by Bob's passing and shared an evening of memories about our time with him! We have had a picture of the two of us that Bob took on a back-packing trip to Canada in 1975, on the wall for years. Again our thoughts are with your family. Laura (Armstrong) and Wallace Chase.

Karen Williams

November 20, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with Bob's family and friends. I met Bob years ago at the DEQ. He was not only a great guy, but had a brilliant mind and magnetic personality. Bob had deep compassion for people and the environment. He will be very much missed! It was a privilege to know him.

David Stephens

November 14, 2013

So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. My condolences to the family. He helped train me as I began my career as a forensic scientist at the Bridgeport Lab, and he was extremely competent and personable while still being modest, a very rare combination, a great mentor. He was also a friend and simply a pleasure to be around. A great chief. Inquisitive. Always light of heart. I will miss him.

Elizabeth Andresen

November 7, 2013

Nancy, Laren and Alyssa,
So many fine memories of time with the Avery family back in the Bay City and Saginaw days. Bob was an amazing man! Our heartfelt thoughts to youall!
Elizabeth & Sheila

November 5, 2013

So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. I did not know Bob personally but know one of the family members. He sounds like an amazing person you want in your life. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as they find peace with his passing.

Greg Eagle

October 29, 2013

I was shocked to hear of Bob's passing. I worked with Bob while employed in criminal investigations. Bob was one of the nicest men I've known and was always there to help and teach. Please accept my condolence and know that I lift Bob up in prayer.

Lynn Derck

October 28, 2013

Nancy, my condolences and thoughts are with you and your family at this time. Bob had such rich and varied interests and career paths, a true model for living life fully.


October 21, 2013

I didn't know Bob personally, but it sounds like he led an amazingly remarkable life! I am humbled and inspired by his great contributions to this world. My condolences to his family.