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Robert Karman

Robert G. Karman, age 82, of Kentwood, passed away peacefully at Faith Hospice Trillium Woods on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, after a three-year courageous battle with cancer.  He enjoyed the outdoors with family and friends; golfing, fishing, and working in the yard. Bob proudly served in the Naval Reserves during the Korean War. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Bev, of 59 years; children: raChelle Karman, Craig (Stacy) Karman; grandchildren: Hillary Haviland (Joe), Zachary Karman, and CJ Karman; sisters and brothers-in-law: Jacky (Hal) Pullen, Barbara (Fred) VanderPuy, Dale (Glenda) Bellamy.  Bob will also be missed by several nieces and nephews along with many friends. In honor of Bob, a memorial service will be held on Friday, April 12 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2700 E. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, with Rev. Robert Linstrom officiating. Relatives and friends may meet the family Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Matthysse-Kuiper-DeGraaf Funeral Home, 4646 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Kentwood. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lacks Cancer Center, Faith Hospice-Trillium Woods, or Trinity Lutheran Church.

  1. Dear Family Members of Robert Karman,
    We are neighbors of Hal and Jacky Pullen (Robert’s sister) and have met Robert and Bev a couple of times but just want all of you to know you are in our prayers during your loss and praising God for taking Robert home to his Eternal Life! Especially praying for Bev in her loss of a dear husband and best friend!

    Sincerely,

    Our hearts and prayers are with you all in the passing of a dear loved one

    - Jack & Gerry Thornton
  2. A memory I’ve never forgotten is from my wedding reception over 20 years ago. Bob & Bev attended and during the dollar dance, Bob came up to dance with me. He twirled me around so much, I’m sure my feet didn’t touch the ground the entire time we danced! It was so much fun and still makes me smile, remembering! I grew up across the street from the Karman family and my parents still live there. The neighborhood won’t be the same without Bob out there mowing his golf course-perfect-lawn, wearing his signature headband!
    My thoughts and prayers go out to Bev and the rest of the family during this difficult time.

    - Laura Crowley

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