Obit-WinquistRobert Charles Winquist, age 81, slalomed his way across the finish line on Wednesday January 2nd, 2013 at his home at Caberfae Peaks surrounded by his family and wife Ariadne.  After being diagnosed with a brain tumor in April, Bob achieved his goal of attending his grandson Erik’s wedding, deer hunting, celebrating the holidays and most important, visiting with his friends and relatives daily for 9 months.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Martha Winquist; step-father, Bernard Edison; brothers-in-law, Fred Boshoven, Harold Yeargin; and sister-in-law, Udella Munson.

Bob was born in 1931 and graduated from Rockford High School in l950.  His love of cars led him into owning the Cedar Body Shop in Cedar Springs.  At that time he was the number one dune buggy builder and seller in Western Michigan.  His innate sales ability later translated into a successful mobile home business (CBS Homes) and also various real estate ventures.  He was a skilled and speedy builder who was the one his children went to when a home improvement plan was needed.  Deer hunting was a passion, and skiing and golf were integral parts of his life.

Bob is survived by his wife Ariadne of 60 years; daughters, Boni (Glenn) Stout and Sheri (Doug) Frye; and sons, Scott (Kristine) Winquist and Tom (Jacqueline) Winquist. His devoted grandchildren are many: Cari (Ryan) Martin, Sara (Jarred) Sper, Christopher (Ashley) Hansen, Alisa (John) Hole, Erik (Natalie) Winquist, Heidi (Martin) Tichy, Alissandra and Aubrie Winquist; and step grandchildren, Colton, Christy and Debby (Scott) Haverdink. His life was further enlightened by his 13 great grandchildren: Parker, Tyler, Sammy, Avery, Maya, Michael, Kaylin, Makenna, Skylar, Ariadne, Brecken, Ashley, and Chelsea. He is also survived by his brother, Tom (Shirley) Winquist; sister, Janet Boshoven; sisters- in-law, Gertrude Yeargin, Maxine Gordon; and step-sisters, Karen (Bill) Brumit and Vivian (David) Klinck.

Bob was blessed with countless friends including those at the Harrietta United Methodist Church (HUMC) where he devoted his building talents to making the church more accessible for others to share in their fellowship.  Many thanks for the prayers of church members, family and friends as well as the kind and compassionate support of the “Cancer Bus” driver (Wayne), medical staff and hospice care givers.

Memorial services were held on Monday January 7, 2013 at the Harrietta United Methodist Church with Pastor Beverly Williams officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the HUMC would be appreciated for a special project in Bob’s memory. Please send contributions to 116 North Davis St., Harrietta, MI 49638.  Please visits Bob’s personal memory page to share photos and memories with the family at

The family has entrusted funeral arrangements with Oak Grove Funeral Home & Cremation Center.

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