Robert Babcock

October 23rd, 1925 to January 23rd, 2012
Robert Babcock, 86, of Port Huron, having lived a long and gentle life, passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2012 with his family by his side. He had spent his life in service to others - making dairy products, teaching children, being a husband and father. He dispensed smiles to everyone he met, often in the form of candy.

He was born October 23, 1925 in Port Huron to the late Charles and Alta Babcock. He married Yvonne White on December 27, 1947 in Port Huron.

Robert was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church but was learned and appreciative of all faiths. In 1950, he was certified by the College of Agriculture at Michigan State College in dairy manufacturing, having studied under the world-renowned G. Malcolm Trout, the inventor of homogenized milk. After working in the family business at Babcock Dairy Company, he undertook the challenge of teaching.

He enrolled in the Elementary Intern Program at Michigan State University where he received his B.A. and M.A. With a fellowship from the National Science Foundation, he then received his PhD in Philosophy of Education, Teaching, Learning & Curriculum. Afterward, he worked a few years for MSU in the EIP but soon returned to teach children in grade 3 at Washington Elementary in the East China School District. Thus began his most cherished time, being a teacher of children of all ages.

Robert was a lifelong learner himself and enjoyed turning wood, reading and all things of nature.

He is survived by a daughter, Susie (Jim) Holth, a grandson, Nathan Babcock Holth; nieces and nephews, Rick (Linda) Soell, Marty Stelljes, Carl (Shelley Reed) Babcock, Jane Tracey and Jim Babcock; and several old and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Yvonne; and their beloved friend, Rev. Rene Desmarais.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2012 in Pollock-Randall Funeral Home with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Brian K. Cokonougher and the Rev. David Gladstone will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Christophers or the Michigan Nature Association.

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