Robert Arthur Mengebier, a long-time resident of Petoskey, passed away on April 26, 2012, at age 83.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Mengebier, of Green Valley, Ariz.; his three children, William Mengebier (Francoise), of Bidart, France, David Mengebier (Molly), of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Barbara Queally (Michael), of Grand Junction, Colo.; his three stepchildren, Kristen Bates (Matthew), of Denver, Colo., Jonathan Terry (Kristen), of Falls Church, Va., and Timothy Terry (Margo), of East Lansing, Mich.; and 11 grandchildren.
East Elmhurst, N.Y. He graduated from Hartwick College with a bachelor's degree in chemistry; from Boston University with a master's degree in biochemistry; and from Western Ontario University Medical School. For 28 years, he worked as a family physician, pathologist and as the first medical director of the Burns Clinic in Petoskey. Prior to beginning medical school, Bob served seven years in the United States Air Force, stationed in England and Alabama.
After retiring from medicine, Bob and Barb moved from Northern Michigan to Green Valley, Ariz. It was here that Bob immersed himself in what he called "his last and BEST JOB," serving 13 years within the Stephen Ministry Program at Valley Presbyterian Church. His work in the Stephen Ministry program encompassed all levels, from care giving to training to heading the program.
Bob was a man of intellect, deep faith, patience, kindness and a dry sense of humor. His family and friendships were immensely important to him and ripe with opportunities to explore a gamut of subjects. He enjoyed playing sports and games such as golf, cribbage and bridge, traveling, and reading. He had an enviable knack for telling a good joke or a captivating story.
To say Bob is missed is an understatement. Simply put, Bob is irreplaceable. We are grateful to the Lord for the innumerable and unique gifts of Bob and his life that will continue to grow in each of us.
A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at Valley Presbyterian Church in Green Valley, Ariz.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Stephen Ministry Program of Valley Presbyterian Church.