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Robert Van Kampen – The Bradenton Times

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May 31, 1927 – April 6, 2024

Commerce, Michigan – In loving memory of Robert “Bob” Jay Van Kampen, who passed away peacefully on April 6, 2024 at the age of 96 in Commerce, Michigan. Born May 31, 1927 in Detroit. Bob’s life was one of remarkable experiences and cherished moments and helping his family and friends.

Bob’s spirit was marked by his dedicated service in the United States Army during World War II, stationed at Los Alamos NM Atomic Base. Bob took great pride in supporting his two sons in achieving the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout.

Bob attended Cass Tech High School in Detroit, MI, and then earned a BS degree in Civil Engineering from Trine University and was a registered professional engineer. He later started the Robert Van Kampen Construction Company.

Bob’s life was illuminated by his many talents and passions. He enjoyed dancing late in life, playing golf, ripping on his many harmonicas, singing in church choirs and performing at the barbershop. Bob attended many churches in Florida and John Monteith Presbyterian Church in Detroit.

Bob’s journey was made even sweeter by his beloved wife, Clara “Frances” Van Kampen (Hyatt), a talented painter and pianist, who passed away in 1998. Together they formed memories that lasted through the centuries and Bob now joins her, his loving parents, Gezina and Henry Van Kampen and seven siblings in eternal peace.

Bob’s legacy lives on in the hearts of those he leaves behind: his two sons, Robert Van Kampen (Sharon) and Douglas Van Kampen (Pamela); his grandchildren, Scott Van Kampen (Carla) and Sarah Jasinski (Kyle); and four great-grandchildren, Connor, Levi, Paige and Claire.

In honor of Bob’s memory, a Celebration of Life Memorial service will be held in Cadillac, Michigan on Saturday, May 25, 2024, with a golf outing on May 26, 2024. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations in Bob’s honor . to St. Jude Children Hospital or the Michigan Humane Society.