Robert Crist

Obituary of Robert L. Crist

Robert L. “Bob” Crist

Eaton Rapids, Michigan

Robert L “Bob” Crist, of Eaton Rapids, at age 79, our loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle passed away unexpectedly and went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on October 21, 2019.  Born June 24, 1940 in Detroit, MI, Robert was a graduate of J.W. Sexton High School in Lansing, MI.  He attended L.C.C., M.S.U., Moody Bible Institute and earned his Bachelor’s of Arts - Business Administration degree from Northwood Institute.  Robert and his wife Barbara raised their family in Eaton Rapids, MI.  He retired in 1993 from General Motors with 33years of loyal service as a Quality Control Engineer.  He continued to help ensure the quality of products manufactured by companies all over the globe while working in countries such as China, Australia, Sweden, and Egypt through his own firm, IBEX Consulting.  Robert and Barbara attended South Church in Lansing MI.  Throughout his life he was very active in Boy Scouts, not only as a supportive father and grandfather, but as a scout leader and instructor.   He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hiking, camping, and hunting in particular.  Robert was best known by his sharp creative mind, contagious smile, and jovial wit. In recent years, he particularly enjoyed celebrating his grandchildren’s many accomplishments. 

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Barbara J. Crist; daughter, Nancy (Aric) Crist-Owen; 4 grandchildren, Brooke Bubolz, Erik Bubolz, Jonathon (Alicia) Owen, and Mikayla Owen; 2 sisters, Carole (James) Rainsberger, and Sandra Ferrell; 2 brothers, Timothy (Terri) Crist, and Major (Ret.) Wayne (Missy) Crist; and many other family members and friends.  Robert was preceded in death by his 2 sons, Thomas Lee in 1962, and Robert “Rob” Thomas in 1997; parents, Thelma & Dwight Crist; and siblings, Jack and Jill.

Memorial Service will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday, October 31, 2019 in the Tiffany Funeral Home, 3232 W. Saginaw, Lansing with Pastor Don Denyes of South Church officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lansing City Rescue Mission or the Capital Area Humane Society in memory of Robert.   Friends may visit the guest book at

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Memorial Service

11:00 am - 11:50 am
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Tiffany Funeral Home
3232 W. Saginaw
Lansing, Michigan, United States