Robert Winters Death, Obituary – Robert L. “Big City Bob” Winters, age 82, of West Bloomfield, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, February 1, 2023. He was a resident of West Bloomfield. He was the son of William Winter, who passed away, and Leona (Steinke) Winter, who also passed away, and was born on December 13, 1940 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In 1961, Bob answered the call of his country and enlisted in the United States Army to serve his country during the Berlin Crisis.
After completing his military service, Bob married Cheryl Jean Olson on November 28, 1964, at Zion Lutheran Church in Manawa. Together, they adopted two children and raised them, and their names are Cindy and Jesse. His wife Cheryl passed away on May 15, 1990, before he did. Before opening his own company, Bob spent a significant portion of his career in the construction industry working as a crane operator. From 1980 to 1987, Bob ran Bob’s Small Engine Repair Shop in West Bloomfield.
After that, he went back to work for Lunda Construction, where he remained employed until the year 2001, when he finally retired. Bob first made the acquaintance of Dorothy King in August of 2000, and the couple tied the knot on July 29, 2003. Bob and Dorothy loved hitting the open road in their travel trailer, and they “snowbirded” in Texas for many winters up until 2019. They have many fond memories of their time there.
They also took pleasure in meeting new people and catching up with old acquaintances at the neighborhood businesses and restaurants. Dorothy was always well taken care of by Bob, who was also very kind and generous. Bob was a very talented woodworker who created a wide variety of stunning projects, many of which he gave to his loved ones and friends. He enjoyed spending time riding his Harley and Goldwing motorcycles, and more recently, he found the UTV to be a fun mode of transportation for exploring the surrounding area. Bob’s wonderful sense of humor and the now-iconic line “I live in the metropolis of West Bloomfield, across the street from the airport” will live on in infamy and be indelibly associated with him forever.