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On Sunday February 21, 2021, Robert James Corbett, loving son, father, and grandfather passed away at age 59 due to complications following a stroke. Robert was born July 30, 1961 in Grand Rapids, MI. He attended East Grand Rapids schools and enjoyed participating in sports. He went on to study at Michigan State University and Ferris State University in the IT field, obtaining his master’s degree.

Robert held many different jobs over his career including most recently at Northpointe Bank in their IT department. Robert married once, having two daughters, Alexandra and Kelsey, and later had a son, William.

He had a passion for sports. He particularly enjoyed Michigan State University football. He held season tickets for many years and enjoyed going to the games with his daughters. He was also a handyman who enjoyed working on projects around his home, as well as helping family with their projects. He was known for being a good family man who took great joy in being a grandpa.

He is survived by his mother, Shirley Koehler; daughters, Alexandra and Kelsey; son, William; grandson, Thiago Williams; sister, Jill (Paul) Taylor; step-brother, Sal Vickers; nephew, Daniel (Nicole) Taylor; and great-nieces, uncles, aunts, and cousins. Robert was preceded in death by his father, Robert Corbett; and step-father, Jack Koehler.

A small Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, February 28, 2021, for family only, due to COVID restrictions and guidelines. If desired, flower arrangements may be sent to 2486 Thorn Creek St SE, Kentwood MI 49508.

Donations in Robert’s name can be made to Neuroscience Research at the Spectrum Health Foundation.

Donations can be mailed to:
Spectrum Health Foundation
25 Michigan St NE, Suite 4100
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Please include your contact information when sending in donations.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Robert’s online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Marita on February 22, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    I’m very sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Doug & Sonja Hoezee on February 22, 2021 at 8:49 pm

    Robert was a great neighbor and friend. We’ll miss him dearly here at the end of Cambridge.

  3. Jeff Tatreau on February 23, 2021 at 10:24 am

    I am very sorry for your loss. Robert was one of our best employees when I worked with him at Northpointe. He was always dependable and always dedicated to helping others.

  4. Samantha Luke on February 23, 2021 at 11:55 am

    I’m so sorry Kelsey!! Your family is in my thoughts and prayers! Hugs! ❤️❤️

  5. Karen Roberts on February 23, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss GOD BLESS

  6. Ashley on February 23, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    So sorry for your loss

  7. Maritza on February 23, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    My condolence to the family. I got to know Robert at work. He was very nice and quiet. He helped me many times with my Computer. He will be missed. (Isaiah 25:8)

  8. Tami Keen on February 23, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    I work at Northpointe and several times ended up having Robert help me with my IT issues. He was always very helpful, patient and just a nice guy when he intercepted my phone calls. I ended up sitting across from him in the office on a couple of occasions that I was in the corporate office and he spoke about his family and grandkids and was just a very genuine and kind person. I’m so sorry for your entire family.

  9. Anne on February 23, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. I worked with Robert a few years ago and he was always helpful and kind when helping employees with their IT issues. He always spoke very highly of his family. I hope all the positive remembrances help ease the sorrow.

  10. Barb Hunter on February 23, 2021 at 4:49 pm


    My heart aches to hear the news. I worked with Robert at Northpointe. He was so kind & always helpful.
    My deepest sympathies to you & your family.

  11. Teresa M Fogel (previously Langworthy) on February 23, 2021 at 4:52 pm

    I worked with “Bo” at Ferris State University in the Activities Office. He was a Hall Director who was overseeing the Student Activity Fund, which is still going strong today.

    My deepest sympathies to his children and family. He was fun to work with, I have only good memories. May he rest in peace.

  12. Chris Kane on February 23, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    Robert was a kind and very caring co-worker. I am so saddened by your loss.

  13. Keith & Brenda on February 24, 2021 at 9:31 am

    Robert was a quiet, steady presence in the neighborhood. He enjoyed keeping his home looking great and helped out elderly neighbors by mowing their lawn too! We were sorry to hear of his stroke, and still sorrier to hear of the complications. Alex and Kelsey, we pray the memories of good times with your dad will carry you through. Blessings,

  14. Bob & Joan. Hendrickson on March 4, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    Robert was a special neighbor who quietly helped and would stop over and talk when we were sitting outside,never criticizing,,or being rude or disrespectful about anyone. He will be missed in the neighborhood ,we send our thoughts and prayers to all of you. May the many good memories and prayers of family and friends help you through this difficult time.
    Our prayers are with you,
    Bob &joan Hendrickson.

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