Popkin Robert Mooradian

November 16, 1921August 3, 2018

Popkin Robert "Bob" Mooradian, 96, of Livonia, passed away Friday, Aug. 3, at home surrounded by his family. A devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he was born Nov. 16, 1921 to Armenian immigrants, raised in Detroit and attended Southwestern High School where he participated in sports.

He met his wife of 75 years, Phyllis (Zerilli), in 1942 at Eastwood Gardens, a dance club in Detroit. The love of his life, the couple married on Dec. 16, 1942 before he entered the U.S.Navy, where he served aboard the U.S.S. Midway.

After the war, the couple moved to the southeast corner of Livonia, where they raised their three sons and daughter. Bob and Phyllis moved to another house near Bicentennial Park in Livonia where they hosted many gatherings for friends and extended family.

Mooradian spent most of his career in the automotive industry, focused on accounting and engineering with the Ford Motor Company. His expertise was highly valued and, even after officially retiring, he soon returned to the company as a consultant and worked until he was 81.

Upon retirement, he enjoyed time with his wife, working in the yard and entertaining family and friends.

Mooradian is survived by wife Phyllis; son Paul (wife Pamela) Mooradian of Bloomfield Hills; son Don (Kathleen) of Nashville, TN; son Bob (Mary Ann) of Mt. Pleasant MI; and daughter Barbara Ann of Troy MI; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Additionally he is survived by siblings Rose (Patrick) Torossian of Plymouth, MI and Tom (Jan) Mooradian, Hubbard Lake, MI; nephew Jamie (Veronica) Mooradian, Livonia and numerous other nephews and nieces.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Detroit Goodfellows, P.O. Box 44444, Detroit MI 48244.

Visitation is Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 11:15 at Will Funeral Home, 37000 West Six Mile Rd.,Livonia MI 48152 followed by a service there beginning at noon. Internment will follow at Glen Eden Memorial Park, 35667 West Eight Mile Rd., Livonia MI 48152.


  • Visitation Tuesday, August 7, 2018
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Popkin Robert Mooradian

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Bob Thomas

August 7, 2018

To you Paul, Pam and your family: Our sincere condolences for the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers especially for your mother. Bob and Alane.

Marie R Buesching

August 6, 2018


I was so sorry to hear about Bob. He was remarkable. So hard-working and had such dedication and love for his gardens. He always made sure it looked beautiful.

I remember the times I would wave to him as I drove by and asked about you and how things were going. He always answered with a smile.
Marie R. Buesching


Donald Bruner

August 6, 2018

Condolences to you Paul and your family for the passing of your Father. Kay and Don.