ROBERT “BOB” MICHAEL | Jan. 24, 1954 – Feb. 11, 2014

Valparaiso man was kind and gentle

2014-03-29T23:32:00Z 2014-03-29T23:52:08Z Valparaiso man was kind and gentleDiane Poulton Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 29, 2014 11:32 pm  • 

Robert “Bob” Michael was a kind man, his daughter Amy Michael said.

“His best characteristic is that he was a very gentle man,” she said.

Amy Michael said her father was friendly to everyone.

“There were over 300 people at his funeral service,” she said. “He touched so many lives.”

Michael had few or no enemies, his daughter said.

“I learned to be happy with the small things and smile and to be friendly to everyone from my dad,” Amy Michael said. “He was very funny, always telling jokes and he always, always had a smile on his face.”

Michael, 60, of Valparaiso, spent countless hours at Rosewood, a family style restaurant in South Haven, just talking to the workers and customers.

He loved cars and car shows. Throughout his life, Michael would buy a car, fix it up and sell it so he could buy another and start over, his daughter said.

“He could not sit still,” Amy Michael said. “He was always on the go.”

Michael worked both for a tree service in Illinois and at Al's Tires in Portage.

“He liked to sing along with the radio and even make up his own lyrics to songs and he would dance around,” Amy Michael said. “So much so that a customer at the tire shop where he worked referred to him as the ‘dancing singing tire man.’”

Michael loved animals, especially his dog Marley and his “grand dogs,” she said.

A few weeks after his death would have been Michael and his wife Cindy’s 38th wedding anniversary. The couple met when they were teenagers.

Michael really loved all his family - his sisters, his wife, his children and grandchildren, Amy Michael said.

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