Robert Witkop | Obituary | Record Eagle

March 12, 1939
October 1, 2021

Robert “Bob” Witkop, 82, from Traverse City died on October 1, 2021. Bob was born on March 12, 1939 in Frankfurt. He lived in Traverse City all his life and wintered with his wife Ann in Casa Grande, Ariz.
Bob graduated from Bear Lake High School and served honorably in the U.S. Army from 1962 to 1968. He received his bachelor’s degree with honors from Michigan State and his doctorate in law from Wayne State University in 1972. Upon graduation, he returned to Traverse City where he established his law firm, which has served clients with integrity and respect for his legal profession for over 40 years. He was admitted to the US Tax Court, Michigan State Supreme Court, and US Supreme Court.
On May 31, 1975, Bob married Ann Hageman-Deering and together they lovingly raised 5 daughters. They were both active and longtime members of the First Congregational Church in Traverse City.
In building a successful law firm, Bob realized the importance of being active in your community. He joined Rotary in 1988 and was very proud of his 33 years of service. His engagement included several key projects; the Rotary Show, the ringing of bells for the Salvation Army, the Rotary Safety Committee, and the annual Day Day event that raised funds for disadvantaged people in the community. He was also a member of the Audit, Finance, and Country Committees and its sister organization, Rotary Camps, from 1995-2003 and 2004-2013.
In addition to Rotary, Bob served on the TBA Credit Union board of directors for 37 years, including a tenure as president. He was actively involved in many other local charities, including President of The Traverse City Jaycees.
Bob’s love of aviation led to his active involvement with the EAA, Experimental Aircraft Association, from 1988 onwards. From 2001 to 2010 he was treasurer. Many members of the Traverse City aviation community joined him for the popular “fly-in” breakfast events known as Bob’s Breakfast Bunch, BBB. He never missed an opportunity to visit Oshkosh, WI. Air Show and was a strong supporter of the Wings of Mercy.
Bob is survived by his wife Ann; Daughters, Jane Deering (Matthew) Zimmerman, Nancy Deering (Edward) Sands, Carolyn Deering (Tobin) Decker, Wendy (Randy) Witkop; 9 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; Sister Mary Lou (Patrick) Ryan; 2 nephews; and adoptive daughter Kris Witkop.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Christy (Deering) Kuhnke.
The tour will take place on Sunday, October 10, 2021, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home. A memorial service will take place on Monday, October 11th, 2021 at 3 p.m. with a visit one hour beforehand, also at Reynolds Jonkhoff. Bob is buried with his family in the Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
Bob’s family would like to encourage memorials in his honor to the First Congregational Church Community Children’s Center, Wings of Mercy, or Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan.
Bob and his family are looked after by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

Published on October 7, 2021

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