Robert Alan Hyde, 73

Robert Alan Hyde, 73, of Meridianville, Ala., and formerly of Burnips, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018.

Robert was born Jan. 31, 1944, to Keith and Irene Hyde of Burnips. Robert was an Army veteran and medic in the Vietnam War, which led to managing and working for several ambulance companies and later opening his own Lifeline EMS in Allegan.

He was an avid fisherman and South Haven Riverbend boat club member who loved fishing on Lake Michigan with family and friends every chance he could; a lifetime member of the Allegan Radio Club; and enjoyed traveling and eventually trucking to all 48 states and Canada.

Robert loved his family and was so very proud of all their accomplishments; he thoroughly enjoyed their visits to Alabama and his trips back home to Michigan.

Surviving is his wife Gerry of 36 years; his sister Marlene Hooker of North Carolina; sister Kay (Leroy) Genther of Caledonia; brother Bruce (Mary) Hyde of Byron Center; sister Doris (Chuck) Mehlberg of Duluth, Minn.; sister Janice (John) Inghram of Grand Rapids; son David (Sherry) Hyde of St. Johns; daughter Susan (Jeffrey) Modrzynski of Rogers City; daughter Debra (Wade) Martindale of Saline; daughter Shelly (Terry) Wicks of Hopkins; daughter Deanna (Rick) DeVries of Caledonia; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Robert was cremated and will be buried at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Galesburg. There will be a memorial service on Saturday, March 17, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 2459 146th Ave. in New Salem (Byron Center) 49315, followed by a luncheon at St. Mary’s Visitation Hall in North Dorr.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to a hospice of choice.

 

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