Traverse City Record-Eagle


August 11, 2013

Robert J. 'Bob' Darnell

TRAVERSE CITY — Robert J. “Bob” Darnell, 53, of Traverse City, formerly of Saginaw, died Friday evening, Aug. 2, 2013, at Munson Medical Center. Born May 26, 1960, in Detroit, he was the son of James Roy and Rosalie (Magyar) Darnell.

Bob graduated from St. Stephen Catholic High School in Saginaw with the class of 1978. He was a gifted athlete who excelled in playing baseball, basketball and football. Bob was honored to have been named to the All Saginaw County Football Team and most valuable player on his baseball team. After high school he moved to Leelanau County, the area he loved, and furthered his education by attending Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City.

He formerly worked for Carpenter Enterprises, Boride Engineered Abrasives and Tower Automotive.

Bob’s life had very few boundaries, and he lived life to enjoy it. He was an absolute free-spirit who befriended everyone with his nice-guy, fun-loving personality.

He is survived by his father, James Roy Darnell; brother, Thomas (Ginny) Darnell; nephew, Thomas J. Darnell Jr., all of Saginaw; aunt, Irene Niles, of Traverse City; and aunt, Peggy Howell, of Flushing; dear friends, Bruce and Maureen Loper, of Cadillac; beloved Golden Retriever, Ty; and many, many special friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother; and is now with his best friend, Sam, his pet Golden Retriever.

In celebration of Bob’s life, an informal gathering will take place on Aug. 31 at 3:30 p.m. The directions are: from Tom’s Food Market West Bay, Traverse City, follow M-72 West (10.9 miles), turn right on County Road 667/Maple City Road (8.8 miles), turn left on M-22/Harbor Hwy. (1.1 miles), turn right on County Road 669/Bohemian Road (1.1 miles), turn left on W. Lake Michigan Road and follow (Bob) signs to Shelda Creek.

Memorial contributions may be directed to The Leelanau Land Conservancy or Munson Manor.

Kindly share your memories with the family on their online guestbook at

Arrangements were made with the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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