WILLIAMSBURG — Robert Sturt MacKinnon, 85, of Williamsburg, passed away June 22, 2013, at his home. Robert was born on Feb. 26, 1928, in Flint, to the late Cecil and Mildred (Carpenter) MacKinnon.
Robert served in the United States Army as a radio operator and as a member of the Military Police Force after World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1947.
He attended Flint Junior College and Michigan State College.
On June 7, 1952, Robert married Ellen M. Johnson in Flint and graduated from Michigan State the following day.
Bob began a 31-year career with General Motors in 1953 in the Personnel Department. He then transferred to the Labor Relations department and spent most of his career as an industrial engineer.
In the late 1980s Bob and Ellen moved to Traverse City. They joined the Traverse Bay United Methodist Church and were active members ever since. Bob was also a member of the Clio Lions Club, a pack leader for Boy Scouts and a Big Brother volunteer.
He had an excellent sense of humor. Bob loved Northern Michigan and enjoyed each of the four seasons.
Robert is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ellen; son, Robert; daughter, Kathryn (Paul) Loiselle; son, James S. (Barbara) MacKinnon; grandchildren, Paige, Brooke, Cameron and Stephanie; stepsister, Martha (Richard) Whitmill; sister-in-law, Karen Bloom; and many nieces and nephews.
Robert was preceded in death by his father, Cecil; stepmother, Mildred MacKinnon; mother, Mildred; stepfather, Jack Schuepferling; and sister and brother-in-law, Kathryn (Kenneth) Nickoley.
A memorial service will be held on Aug. 3, 2013, at 1 p.m., at Traverse Bay United Methodist Church. Bob will be laid to rest at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Salvation Army in Traverse City.
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The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.