Early Sunday morning, July 1, 2018, the Lord called Robert J. Malette, age 92, home to eternal life at the D. J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans.
“The song has ended, but the melody lingers.”
– Irving Berlin.
Bob was a graduate of J.D. Pierce High School class of 1943 and a graduate of Northern Michigan University.
He proudly served his country during World War II aboard the U.S.S. Kennebago in the Pacific Theater. In later years he enjoyed traveling all over the country to ship reunions with his former shipmates. One of the highlights of his life was going on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., accompanied by Doug Dykema.
Bob had a distinguished career with the Michigan Department of Corrections at the Marquette Branch Prison, spanning 33 years, and retiring as Deputy Warden.
A man of strong faith, Bob was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church.
Bob is survived by his wife, Lois Kampe (enjoying 35 years together). He is also survived by sons Michael Malette and Stephen (Cathy) Malette; daughters Kathy Desch and Mary (Myles) McGrail; 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren; nieces Mary Kay Wood, Barbara (Joe) Versailles, Karen (Andy) Pisani and Julie Jacuzzo; nephews David (Michelle) Johnson, Gary, Jim, Mark, and Lee Johnson, Alan Dahlstrom and David King.
He is further survived by his extended family, Doug (the late Jill) Dykema, Chelsea, Spencer and Madalyn Dykema; Jeff (Betty) Kampe and Dale (Adele) Kampe.
Bob was predeceased by his parents, Florence and Ovide Malette; first wife, Betty; and four sisters.
The family extends a heartfelt thank you to the staff at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans for their dedicated care. Thank you also to Pastor David Van Kley and Pastor Don Ludemann for their unending, compassionate pastoral care.
Services will be held at Messiah Lutheran Church on Thursday, August 2, with visitation beginning at 4:00 pm until the time of service at 6:00 pm. Rev. David Van Kley and Rev. Don Ludemann will officiate. A dessert social will follow in the church atrium.
Memorials in memory of Bob may be directed to Bay Cliff Health Camp, P.O. Box 310, Big Bay, MI 49808.
“Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal.”– anon.
The Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at swansonlundquistfuneral home.com.
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