OBITUARY

Robert H. Poddig

April 3, 1928February 19, 2021
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Robert Henry Poddig, age 92, of Grand Rapids, Michigan passed away on Friday, February 19, 2021. Robert was born April 3, 1928.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Donna Joyce Matzen-Poddig, his parents, Pauline and Henry Poddig, and his two brothers Richard and Tom.

He is survived by his loving children, Kathy (Rick) Morgan, Timothy (Teresa) Poddig, Kristy Gilmore-Poddig, Susan (Doug) Schlattman, 9 grandkids, Tracy Ziskosky, Kelsey Thomasson, T.J. Poddig, Nicole Templin, Lyndsay Quick, Weston Gilmore, Dillon Gilmore, Christian Schultheiss, Piper Ann Schultheiss, and 8 great grandkids.

Robert was a seasoned and regular hunter throughout his life. He loved hunting and fishing, and everything outdoors. He is a survivor of the great depression. Robert proudly served in the United States Navy, enlisting at the ripe age of 17. He became a WWII vet. For years he was active in several American Legion post. Robert graduated from Michigan State University in 1952 with a bachelor’s degree in forest management. He would later work in major forest out west for a few years before returning to Michigan, where he would take up work as a plant manager for a furniture company in Grand Rapids. Robert was cut from the cloth that made his generation, truly the greatest. He was loved deeply, and he will be missed by many.

A visitation for Robert will be held Friday, February 26, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1200 Alpine Church Rd NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321, followed by a funeral mass at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Robert's memory may be made to Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, 3000 Monroe Ave NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505 US, https://www.michiganveterans.com/p/Grand-Rapids-Home-for-Veterans.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.reyersnorthvalleychapel.com for the Poddig family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, February 26, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, February 26, 2021

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Robert H. Poddig

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Kathleen Morgan

February 23, 2021

He never looked for praises, he was never
one to boast.
He just went on quietly working for the ones he loved most.
His dreams were seldom spoken,
his wants were very few.
And most of the time his worries went unspoken too.
He was there A firm foundation through all our storms of life.
A steady hand to hold on to In times of stress and strife.
A true friend we could turn to when times were good or bad.
One of our greatest blessings
The Man that We call Dad❤️
We love you Dad
Kathy, Tim, Kristy & Susan


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Nils Reichert

February 22, 2021

Thank you Bob for your guidance at work I will always think of you when I plant another tree,you were the person who guided me into that also. I have since planted at least 300 or more.

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