Robert’s life began August 1, 1933 in Baroda. He was a lifetime area resident and graduate of Benton Harbor High School in 1941. Robert proudly served his country in the United States Navy earning the rank of Chief Petty Officer and was awarded many accolades including the Navy Achievement Medal and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. While in the service Robert met Louisa Ashwood at Great Lakes Training Center in Illinois and they would later marry in West Port, CT. Louisa and Robert returned home to raise their family and in 1978 Robert graduated from Lake Michigan College with an Associate’s Degree in science and nursing. Robert worked as a nurse but his passion was farming and selling fruits and vegetables from his stand, The Hunky Fruit Stand in Bainbridge Township. Outside of enjoying his family and working Robert enjoyed giving back to his community through being a member of Chapel Hill Methodist Church, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and he was a Past President of Sister Lakes Lions Club
Robert leaves behind a loving family to cherish his memory including: his wife Louisa Bahus; six children Bobbie Bahus, Robert (Bonnie) Bahus Jr, Patsy (Rick) Ruhl, Steven Bahus, William (Michelle) Bahus, and Lynne (Gary) Corak; 20 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; four sisters Pearl (Jim) Benton, Evelyn Abumhaimid, Clara (John) Purtell, and Florence Mundt; many nieces and nephews; close friends Chief Petty Officer Ken Harris, William Brady; neighbor and friend Don Gatchell; and numerous area farmers he called friend.
Robert died Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at Chalet of Niles. His parents Andrew and Catherine (Nye) Bahus, a brother Sonny Bahus and a sister Alice Paustin precede Robert in death. Funeral services will be celebrated Friday, February 19, at 4 PM with visitation prior from 3:00 to 4:00 PM at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. Memorials may be made in Robert's memory to Chapel Hill Church in Sodus. You are invited to leave a message of comfort for Robert’s family at hutchinsfuneral.com
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