Mr. Robert H. Hessler, age 89, of Rockford went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, June 13, 2011. He was born in Chicago, Ill., graduated from Muskegon High School, and was drafted into WWII, serving in the Army/Air Corps. Bob returned to Muskegon and then attended the Chicago School of Art & Design. He married Dorothy Harmsen and they moved to California, where Bob worked as an interior designer. He also worked as a cost accountant for Guy F. Atkinson Company, a very large construction company in the Los Angeles area.

In 1955, Dorothy and Bob moved back to live in the Grand Rapids area. He went to work for O.A.K. Construction as a cost accountant for over 30 years. Dorothy died in 1981.

Bob loved golf and later met Helen Uren at the Silver Lake Country Club. He was a new member, and Helen had been a member for a long time. She stayed to make a foursome for golf. After a loving courtship, they were married on August 30, 1985. They had a wonderful marriage, where they played golf, wintered in Florida, and shared with their families.

Bob also was a good tennis player. He was active in Plainfield United Methodist Church and was a leader for the youth group. Later, he joined First Congregational Church, UCC of Rockford. He also was a member of Silver Lake Country Club.

Bob will be remembered as a caring and gentle person who always spoke kindly of others.

He is survived by his loving wife, Helen; children, Karen (Hessler) and Philip Succop of Sparta , Robert (Lynne) J. Hessler of Dublin, Ohio, and Dianne Skiver of Rockford; grandchildren, Jennifer (Jason) LaBaumbard, Kristen Succop, Allison Hessler, Jason Hessler, and Alex Hessler; a great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy and sister Jeanne Gill.

The service for Mr. Hessler will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at First Congregational Church, UCC of Rockford with Pastor Laurel TenHave-Chapman officiating. Interment will be in Rosedale Memorial Park. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Clark Community Retirement Foundation or the Endowment Fund at First Congregational Church, UCC of Rockford. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Pederson Funeral Home on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and prior to the service at the church on Thursday.

Arrangements were made by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford.



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