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309 W. Parkdale Avenue
Manistee, MI 49660
Phone: (231) 723-1117
Fax: (231) 723-1029
Robert Tobey

Robert Ray Tobey

Wednesday, August 23rd, 1933 - Sunday, January 17th, 2021
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Obituary

Robert Ray Tobey, 87, of Manistee, MI passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 17, 2021 at Green Acres of Manistee Assisted Living.

Bob was born in Manistee, son of W. Arthur and Mary Ray Tobey. Bob was married to Ruth Kuuttila for 65 wonderful years She followed him in death on April 29, 2021. He served in the US army during the Korean War for 2 years.

Bob graduated from Manistee High School in 1951 and had the honor of being Class President. He attended Michigan State University and was a proud member of the Michigan State Marching Band as a trumpet player. He especially loved attending jazz festivals with Ruth, baking, woodworking, working on the committee for Manistee Shoreline Showcase and spending time at the Suitsus family cottage.

Bob was an active member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Manistee. He loved singing in the choir every Sunday. For 35 years he worked at Packaging Corporation of America as an Electrician retiring in 1995.

Surviving are three children Margo (Cary) Snay, Mark (Anna) Tobey and Mary Beth (Ron) Willis, his sisters Barb Ostler (Jim), Jane Synnestvedt, his grandchildren Rebecca (Tom) Martines, Natalie and Grace, Brother in-law Ken Kuuttila (Ellen) and Sister in-Law Linda Scamehorn (Jim) and many nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his mother and father Mary Ray and W. Arthur Tobey and sisters Mary Louise Wilson, Charlotte McDaniel, and Kathryn Tobey.

A celebration of the lives of Robert & Ruth is being held Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Manistee, Military Honors for Bob will follow. They will be buried together at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kaleva, MI. The family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 AM until time of service.


Contributions will be accepted for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Manistee Shoreline Showcase.

Please share a memory or photo with the family at www.oakgrovefh.com. Arrangements by Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center in Manistee.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 1st, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, July 1st, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
    Address
    521 Cypress St.
    MANISTEE, MI 49660
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  • Service

    Thursday, July 1st, 2021 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, July 1st, 2021 11:00am
    Location
    Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
    Address
    521 Cypress St.
    MANISTEE, MI 49660
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    Notes
    Miliary Honors For Bob will follow.
  • Interment

    Location
    Maple Grove Cemetery -Kaleva
    Address
    Kaleva
    KALEVA, MI
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Kimberly

Posted at 11:18am
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I met Robert at Manistee Medical Care here in Manistee a few years ago, as I was one of his aides. Robert was one of my most favorites, he always had a song in his heart to sing . I would often sing with him while taking care of him . His smile was contagious to . I will continue to hold his stories he shared with me dear to my heart along with the songs we sang together. My heart goes out to the family.

Sincerly,
Kimberly Jozwiak
 

Mary Willis Posted at 01:00pm

Hi Kim Thank you for your kind words. I remember your singing you did with him. That was one of his passion his love for music. Good to hear from you. ❤️
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Laura Gabrielli

Posted at 06:47pm
Our prayers are with you Ruth, Margo, Mark, Mary Beth and your family.
I was just a little girl and I know I did not appreciate it at the time but I remember Bob singing the song “Laura” to me.. It is a memory I have never forgotten. Thank you Bob for the beautiful song and memory. Rest In Peace🙏🏻
Love,
Domenic and Laura Gabrielli
 

Mary Willis Posted at 01:01pm

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