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Robert Allen Plett, age 68, of Grand Rapids, passed away peacefully at his home with his daughters and dog, Buster by his side on Friday, May 31, 2019.  He was born on February 23, 1951, in Grand Rapids, to the late John and Cleo (Mortenson) Plett.  Robert graduated from Rogers High School with the class of 1969.  He proudly enlisted and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. 

Robert had a passion for woodworking; he began his journey in the field at Kindel Furniture Company which led him to his career at Steelcase where he worked for nearly 25 years before retiring.  He loved his jeep, NASCAR, photography, fishing, and taking his girls camping during their childhood years.  

Survivors include his children, Melinda (Nathan) Warfield, Jessica (Jeremy) Forman, and Marshall; grandchildren, Robert (Carla), Johnathan (Lexc), Kali, Cheyenne, Alyssa, Parker, Olivia, and Brieann; great-grandchildren, Dallas, Arleigha, and Zailey; sisters, Kim and Pattie; and many other family members and friends.

Robert was preceded in death by his wife, Diane Marie; his parents; and great-grandson, Remington.  

Visitation will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at Michigan Cremation and Funeral Care, 3627 Linden Ave. S.W., at 36th Street, Grand Rapids, MI, 49548.  A memorial service will be celebrated on Saturday at 12:00 p.m., with Pastor Dennis Gilbert officiating and military honors to follow.  To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Robert’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit: 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Spectrum Health, Spectrum Health Hospice, Spectrum Health 7 North, and Megan Vivoda for the wonderful care and compassion they have shown throughout this difficult time.  Jessica and Mel would also like to thank Jeremy Forman and multiple other family members that helped out with care during the last few weeks of their dad’s life.  

In lieu of flowers, donations can be mailed to The Spectrum Health Foundation in memory of Robert Allen Plett at:

Spectrum Health Foundation
Cancer Program Patient Assistance Fund
100 Michigan Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation and Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, exclusive providers of Veterans Funeral Care.


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  1. Erin Kelly on June 4, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Rest in Peace Bob with your sweet Angel Diane. Love, Erin

  2. Pattie Jo Plett on June 4, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    See you on the other side I pinky swear

  3. Linda Hastidt on June 7, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    Rest in Heaven Bob….one of my toughest Word with Friends opponents and also a Political mentor. You are already missed but I’m sure that you and Diane are now together in Gods house. <3 I apologize to your family that I cannot attend your funeral service because I am on my way out of State.

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