Robert S Gain, Bob, passed away early 12/3/2019

Robert S Gain, Bob, as he was known to his family and friends, passed away early 12/3/2019 at the Hanson Hospice Center in Stevensville, MI.



He was born in Elizabeth, NJ on 8/3/1932, the second son of Herbert F. and Margaret (Specht) Gain.



He attended schools in Elizabeth, NJ and later went on to graduate from Upsala College in East Orange, NJ. He also attended, as part of his continuing education, the University of Pennsylvania special programs in Philadelphia where he studied computer systems design, technology and programming. Bob served in the US Army during the Korean War having been stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas as an instructor in early warning radar and fire control computer systems. He also served his country as part of the United States occupation force stationed in Kaiserslautan Germany.



In 1956 Bob married the girl of his dreams (Connie Murray) and the woman with whom he wanted to spend the rest of his life. From this union came five wonderful children, Peggy (Ed) Seaver of Clark, NJ, Kelly (Mike) Parker of Louisville, Kentucky, Paul Gain (Nini) of Bonsall, California, Judy (Mike) Brown of Strongsville, Ohio and Anne Marie (Gain) Grall of St Joseph, Michigan. Bob and Connie were blessed with 12 grandchildren and one great grandson who give them much pride and joy.



Bob’s work career extended many years having been employed by three major companies starting after college with Bristol Myers in New Jersey, General Foods of White Plains New York, and Battle Creek Michigan. In 1994, he retired from Whirlpool Corporation after 25 years of service in information & technology systems at the administrative offices located in Benton Harbor Michigan. Changes in employment brought Bob and his family from New Jersey to New York and finally to Michigan. Bob’s retirement in 1994 brought years of enjoyment with his many friends and golf buddies both in Michigan and their winter home in Sun City, Hilton Head South Carolina.



He was preceded in death by his father, mother and brother George. He leaves behind his children, grandchildren, relatives, associates and friends that have helped him throughout his life. His hobbies include building World War II airplanes, golf, pool, ping pong, reading and doing presentations for nursing homes. His quick wit and wonderful sense of humor brought laughter to many people.



Bob was a member of the American Legion, Stevensville post 568 Stevensville, Michigan and the Sun City, Hilton Head Veterans Association.



Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, December 9, 2019, at 11AM, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 555 E. Delaware Ave., Benton Harbor, with Father James Adam officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, December 8, 2019, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, from 3:30PM until 5: 30PM. A Celebration of life service will be held at 3:00PM- 3:30PM officiated by Mike Gathright. Memorial contributions may be made to Storyline or Diabetes Research Foundation. Those wishing to leave a condolence online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com. 




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