Robert Bob H. Ackerman

February 19, 1931December 15, 2013

Robert H. "Bob" Ackerman

February 19, 1931 - December 15, 2013

Robert H. “Bob” Ackerman, passed away on Dec 15, 2013. He will be dearly missed as the loving Brother, Cousin, Uncle, Husband, Father and Father-in-law, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, and friend that he dedicated himself to being for all of us. He focused his love and energy on his family first and foremost, but also enjoyed real estate investing, traveling, photography, exploring the outdoors, and any excuse for gathering with family and friends. He enjoyed 62 years of marriage to Arlene; and now leaves behind their Sons and spouses – Steve and Sue, Mark and Loretta, George and Victoria, and Scott and Kris; Grandchildren – Jennifer Edwards, Melissa Roberts, Cobi Ackerman, Kevin and Kyle Ackerman, Jeff Hopkins, and Jennifer Rohrer; and Great Grandchildren – Jack and Justin Edwards, Stevie Roberts, Taylor Shrum, Grace and Jackson Hopkins, and Avani and Arius Rohrer; and many other extended family members; who were all celebrated by him openly. He faced the last few years bravely enduring the challenges of Dementia, which was frustrating to him, as he had always felt his mind was his greatest tool. When honoring Bob, please consider Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34238, as they were so supportive in his time of need. Funeral proceedings will be by Palms-Robarts Funeral Home, 170 Honore Ave, Sarasota, FL 34232. Visitation will be Sat, Dec 21 from 12pm to 2pm. Service and burial will follow at 2pm. Condolences may be offered at


  • Visitation Saturday, December 21, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 21, 2013

Robert Bob H. Ackerman

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Mike Ackerman

December 20, 2013

I miss Uncle Bob already. I always knew him to be the kind of guy that had a 'can do' spirit. It seemed like every time I would see Uncle Bob, whether visiting in Florida or him in St. Louis, I would come away from our meeting infected with his spirit of Can Do and I loved it. It's the main thing I remember about him. It's funny how people effect us without them ever knowing it.

My favorite trip I took with Uncle Bob was when I was about 14 years old. Bob, Arlene, Scott and his girlfriend at the time, Kris, took me lobstering and we spent our days on the water and our nights in the Ultravan eating surf & turf. It was my first time swimming in the open ocean and it was terrifying and fun at the same time.

Lastly, Uncle Bob taught me what a 'come along' is, which I use all the time.

People die twice. First, when their bodies die and again the last time someone thinks of them. In Uncle Bob's case, he'll live a long, long time as I'm sure none of us will forget him anytime soon. I know I won't.

Karen Cowden

December 19, 2013

My dear gentle Uncle Bob was a singing sweet spirit who taught me the love of working with my hands, keeping my heart honest, always being true with my words, and making time to smile or laugh each day. One of my favorite memories is the time he was not pleased with service in a restaurant and simply shared, "Take a good look around!". It was his straightforward, but direct way to make light of a situation all while making sure poor service or quality would not be repeated. I will greatly miss his bright demeanor, but know it would do him proud to live on making each day an adventure punctuated with family fun, and love. Love, Karen Cowden (Niece)