American Veteran 08

Robert Earl Jablonski

January 5, 1923 ~ October 4, 2022 (age 99)


Mr. Robert Earl Jablonski, 99, World War II veteran and Purple Heart recipient, was called to meet the Lord on Monday, October 4th while sleeping peacefully at his home in Rothbury, just 102 days shy of his 100th birthday.  Robert, commonly referred to as Bob, was born on January 5th 1923 in Grand Rapids Michigan to Thomas and Amy (Stewart) Jablonski and went on to become a successful car salesman, Ford dealership owner for 65 years and avid world traveler. 

As a young man, Bob showed passion for horseback riding, fishing, golfing, and even owned an airplane that he enjoyed flying from time to time. He was known for his hard work, strength, and determination, qualities that earned him the admiration of friends and family, most of whom passed before him. 
Robert is survived by his: Sister Jacqueline (Peter) Sturtevant; stepson Tom (Cathy) Maki; as well as multiple nieces and nephews.
Robert was preceded in death by his: parents, Thomas and Amy Jablonski; wife, Betty; brothers, Henry and Ralph; sister, Leola Johnson; sons, Craig and Wayne; and stepson, Bob Maki.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 am, Saturday, October 15, 2022, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1379 Harding Street, Conklin, Michigan 49403 with Reverend Mark Oswald  officiating.  Visitation will be held from 5 pm until 7 pm, Thursday, October 13, 2022, at the Harris Funeral Home, 267 N. Michigan Avenue, Shelby, Michigan 49455, and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Conklin.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks to consider memorial donations to Harbor Hospice, 1050 W. Western Avenue, Suite 400, Muskegon Michigan 49441.

The Harris Funeral Home, in Shelby, is in charge of arrangements.

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October 13, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Harris Funeral Home
267 N. Michigan Avenue
Shelby, MI 49455

Funeral Service
October 15, 2022

11:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church (Harding Street, Michigan)

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