Robert Smalley, 80

Robert A. Smalley, age 80, of Colon, passed away Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.
Robert was born Jan. 1, 1936, in Middleville, a son of the late Arthur and Lucille (Alger) Smalley.
On Sept. 29, 1962, he married Phyllis M. Coble in Kalamazoo. She preceded him in death Aug. 13, 2008.
Robert served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was a member of Sherwood Masonic Lodge and had served on the Sherwood Township Board.
He is survived by three children, Eric (Paulette) Smalley of Winthrop Harbor, Ill., Marc (Vergie) Collins of San Leandro, Calif., and Sally (Dave) Wilkins of Hickory Corners; grandchildren Joshua, Steven, Callie, Mary, Luke, Matthew, Ruth, Margie and Morgan; three great-grandchildren, Luke, Benjamin and Breyton; a brother, Jim (Carol) Smalley of Plainwell; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Verna Smalley.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Robert A. Smalley will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016, at Schipper Funeral Home in Colon. If desired, the family suggests memorials be made to either West Michigan Cancer Center or Sherwood Masonic Lodge. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Private interment of ashes will take place at a later date in Sherwood Cemetery.

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