OBITUARY

Robert "Bob" Servetter

February 12, 1958January 11, 2021

Robert “Bob” Alan Servetter, 62, died on January 11, 2021 at his home in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida. Bob was born in Detroit, Michigan on February 12, 1958 the youngest son of Leonard N. Servetter and Gilda F. Servetter. He graduated from Hilltop High School in Chula Vista, California in 1976 and, marching to the beat of his own drum, put on a backpack and set off for a year-long adventure to Israel and Europe. Later he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and Marketing from Sonoma State University and his Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National University.

Bob was always passionate about travel and visited 46 countries, making many friends along the way. His travels in SouthEast Asia led him to Fukuoka, Japan where he met and married Kumi Tsunawaki and had his daughter, Hannah. They lived between Fukuoka and San Diego off and on for 16 years, and they raised Hannah to be bilingual and bicultural. After his divorce, Bob met Miho Umigane and, after a 5 year courtship, they married in Grenada on October 1, 2015. They eventually settled in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida in 2016, where the two of them have hosted many guests from around the world at their Indian Rocks Beach Suites.

Professionally Bob was above all a teacher, opening several English schools in Japan as well as becoming a lecturer of English at the University of Fukuoka and Seinan University. Being a natural born entrepreneur, he dabbled in many different ventures, including a bike-touring service in Bali, Indonesia. In his travels he also helped people by working on a Kibbutz in Israel, chefing, tutoring and being a sommelier in-training.

Bob was a member of Men’s Divisions International for many years. He joined this organization to grow and become a better man, father, husband, son, sibling, and friend. Not only did he succeed in bettering himself, he mentored many others to do the same.

His true talent was making friends all around the world, maintaining these friendships, and keeping people connected to each other. He loved to cook, dance, listen to music, make pottery, and drink nice wines with chocolates. He also had a passion for landscaping and was gifted with a green thumb. Wherever he lived, he used his creativity to beautify his home and property. It was while he was building a deck that he suddenly and unexpectedly died from ventricular fibrillation.

Above all Bob loved his family and friends with all of his heart.

Bob is survived by his wife, Miho Umigane, daughter, Hannah Servetter, mother Gilda Servetter, twin brothers David and Dennis Servetter, sister Suellen Lussier, sister-in-law Miriam Servetter, brother-in-law Ronald Lussier and nephews, Sam and Shani Servetter and many great-nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his father Leonard N. Servetter.

In giving Bob the last word, he would say to you all: “TLLM (talk less, listen more), strive for inner peace, and build loving relationships”.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Bob’s favorite charity @ www.alzsd.org

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Dennis Servetter

January 19, 2021

Dear Miho,
I was so shocked when you called me that fateful Monday morning that Bob had collapsed and passed away. He was such an outgoing spirit. My heart is broken 💔 and will take a long time to heal. Our “Tres Hermanos “ (three brothers) weekends, and all the other wonderful family times we spent together will be etched in my memory for as long as I live. My heart felt condolences and love go out to you, Hannah, his daughter, our mom, and the rest of the family and friends who knew him and loved him. He will never be forgotten. ❌⭕️❌⭕️

Ron Hallagan

January 19, 2021

I have this vivid memory of Bobby riding his red tricycle with wild abandon down Balfour in Huntington Woods before our families moved apart. An unusual memory to have after all these years, to be sure; but after reading about his life's adventures, perhaps this imagery is fitting after all. Bobby seems to have gone after the whole world this way.

It has also been said that faith is like learning to ride a bike - a combination of desire, abandon, and then letting go. If so, it appears Bobby was determined to get there.

As Bob races his tricycle past the arduous finish line of this life, we pray our good and gracious LORD’S love and eternal bliss rain down softly upon his soul, and seat him at heaven's banquet table where fine wines, chocolate, and his dear father await him.

Ron Hallagan & family

Rosalee Jaeger

January 18, 2021

Dear Gilda,
So sorry to learn of the passing of your son, Bob. Of course your sons were a large part of our lives for many years, and altho we have not seen him in quite a while, he was still a big part of our lives and very dear to us. We are grieving for you and with you. May he rest in peace, and may the memories of him stay with all of us who knew him, and provide us happiness for many years to come.
Much love to you and your family.
Ro and Marty

Sussi Tom Bell

January 18, 2021

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We will miss not seeing Bob on the beach and around the neighborhood .
Tom and Sussi Bell.

Maxine Clark

January 17, 2021

Dear Gilda,
I am so saddened to learn this news of your loss. As your long-time friend, I got to follow some of Bob’s traveling adventures through the years. My first conversation with him was over the phone about 25 years ago when he called for directions to my home to pick up your suitcase. I had brought it home from Scotland so you and Len could travel lighter on an extended trip through Europe. That phone call turned into a delightful conversation which revealed Bob’s inherited joy for travel and love of learning from other cultures. His spirit for adventure and being a positive presence on this Earth was so very evident. I hope that in time you, and all his family that he loved so much, will find comfort in the many memories created during your life with Bob. He was one of those rare citizens of the world whose concerns and influences reach beyond their own front porch. Please add me to the long list of friends who are sending sympathy and love.

Shani Servetter

January 17, 2021

Uncle Bob was an inspiration to me. His face was always shining, and he had a positive attitude that permeated all around him. He would share his understanding, wisdom, and wit when needed. He was fun-loving and shared his love of life with others. I was fortunate to have an Uncle Bob. He would make sure I knew he cared, sometimes calling me up when I didn't even expect it. He was relateable and would share whatever Hebrew phrases he knew when speaking with me, and share his memories of Israel, knowing that I was now living in Israel. I wish we had spent more time together. I will miss you Uncle Bob! Love Shani and family

Julie Freedman

January 17, 2021

Sending love and peaceful energy to the Servetter families , to Suellen, David, and Dennis who are missing their beloved brother , to Gilda who is loving her son. I only met my cousin once and he made me feel like family. It was a beautiful sensation. We don’t know why people leave this life so early , it’s hard to comprehend and there is nothing consoling to really say. I am proud to be a relative of you all and grateful that I got to know Bob. His life reminds me to live mine and find joy everyday .

Mirela Hardt

January 17, 2021

Bob, Miho and Hannah hosted me when I travelled the world. We just met for 5 days, but sometimes you meet people, that stay in your heart. Those people are you; very special, very kind, living each moment fully. I am very sad being unable to see you once again Bob. Rest in peace. I am sending lot's of love to Miho and Bob's family.

Todd Sappington

January 16, 2021

I was absolutely shocked to hear this news. I knew Bob well during his time here in Fukuoka Japan. I was with him when he bought his first motorcycle which we went on some rides together with. I also built a water bed for him when he moved into a house near Atago shrine. He was a one-of-a-kind individual. He would often call at the end of the year to apologize for nothing in particular just in case he defended me at some time during the year. I always felt it was kind of amazing. He will be sorely missed.

Mark Graves

January 16, 2021

I knew Bob from Hilltop High, we both graduated in 1976. We were always in the same gym class, we always liked the same girls (mostly Asian as I remember) and always were friendly. Bob always knew I was an Episcopalian because everyone knew my dad was the local Episcopal Priest, and we ribbed each other about religion ALL the time. That is how I remember Bob, and it was all good. Bob was a good dude, a good guy, a friend, and from what I read here he furthered into a very good man. I am sorry to hear Bob died, and so young. God bless you Bob.

FROM THE FAMILY