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Robert Archie Avery

May 31, 1930 November 26, 2018
Robert Archie Avery
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Robert Archie Avery, 88 of Midland died Monday morning, November 26, 2018 at his home after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born on May 31, 1930 in Chase, Michigan son of the late Archie and Ruby (Avery) Avery.

Bob married the former Polly Ellison on April 14, 1973 in Midland. He worked at the Dow Chemical Company for 35 years as an operator, retiring in 1991. Bob served with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and obtained the rank of Sergeant. He was quite a handyman, enjoyed wood working, cooking on his grill and loved driving his pontoon at their cabin on Peach Lake. He was a lifetime member of the Midland V.F.W. Post #3651, a 50 year member of the Sanford American Legion Post #443.

Bob is survived by his wife Polly, children; Robert (Sandra) Avery, Emma (Darrell) Rittmaier, and Carrie (Dick) Handlon all of Midland, Ray (Shelda) Ballien of Rapid River and John Ballien of Coleman. Also surviving are two sisters; Marilyn Kisser of Sanford and Donna Ward of Freeland, fourteen grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. In addition to his parents Bob was predeceased by a great granddaughter, Kassandra Torres, one sister, Fern Youngs and one brother, Clifford Avery.

Funeral services for Bob will take place at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 1, 2018 from the Ware-Smith-Woolever Funeral Home 1200 W. Wheeler St. Pastor Megan Crouch of Trinity Lutheran Church will officiate, with burial in Midland Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Bob’s family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider The Humane Society of Midland County. Full Military Honors will be presented by the Midland Area Veterans.


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Visitation

Friday

30

Nov

4:00 PM 11/30/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 11/30/2018 7:00:00 PM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel

1200 West Wheeler Street
Midland, MI 48640

Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel
1200 West Wheeler Street Midland 48640 MI
United States

Visitation

Saturday

1

Dec

10:00 AM 12/1/2018 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 12/1/2018 11:00:00 AM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel

1200 West Wheeler Street
Midland, MI 48640

Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel
1200 West Wheeler Street Midland 48640 MI
United States

Service

Saturday

1

Dec

11:00 AM 12/1/2018 11:00:00 AM
Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel

1200 West Wheeler Street
Midland, MI 48640

Ware-Smith-Woolever Midland Chapel
1200 West Wheeler Street Midland 48640 MI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Midland Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

565 N Meridian Rd
Midland, MI 48640

565 N Meridian Rd Midland 48640 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Humane Society of Midland County

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