Traverse City Record-Eagle

September 1, 2013

Robert E. Nottke

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Robert E. “Bob” Nottke, age 88, a much loved person, passed away peacefully at his cottage on Lake Leelanau on Aug. 30, 2013. Bob was born July 10, 1925, to Fred and Mamie (Wheelock) Nottke in Chicago, Ill., and moved to the Traverse City area shortly thereafter.

Bob started his own trucking company in Traverse City in 1954, and he retired in 1978 after operating his fleet of semi tractors for the original Chef Pierre Pie Company for 21 years.

Bob was a member of the Eagles for 44 years, a longtime member of the Cedar Area Chamber of Commerce and was a founding member of The Suttons Bay Conservation League.

Bob and Phyllis enjoyed 22 winters in sunny Florida before returning in 2008 as year-round residents of Traverse City.

Bob enjoyed being outside, especially in the woods on his tractor. Some of his best times were spent with his family, his brother, Don, and his friends.

Bob was known as an honest, hardworking guy. He had many lifelong friends. Caring deeply for others, Bob was always ready to give a person a chance to succeed. He always looked out for the next guy — was the first one there to help out and the last to leave when the job was done.

Bob is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Phyllis (Gersh) Nottke; son, Rick Nottke and his wife, Loan, of Traverse City; daughter, Sharon Rudy and her husband, Doug, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; brother, Don Nottke, of Traverse City; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation for Bob will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, from 10 until 11 a.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, with a funeral service conducted by Father Ken to follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances in Bob’s name may be made to Hospice of Michigan and/or the Cedar Fire Department.

Please go to to share your memories of Bob and sign his guestbook.