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February 2, 1960 - January 3, 2020

A service to commemorate Bob’s life will be held on Friday, January 10, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. at Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home, 917 S. Burdick St. Friends may call on the family for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home beginning at 2:00 p.m. Those wishing to make a lasting gift in Bob’s memory are asked to consider Susan Mast ALS Foundation or ALS of Michigan, c/o the funeral home. Susan Mast ALS Foundation 2500 Waldorf Court NW Grand Rapids, MI 49544 ALS of Michigan 24359 Northwestern Highway, Suite 100 Southfield, MI 48075

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Robert “Bob” Pacic died peacefully at his home in Kalamazoo, Michigan on January 3, 2020, at the age of 59 after a four-year battle with ALS. Bob is survived by his wife, Debra (née Koetje); daughter, Emily (Robert) Coon; grandson, Theodore Robert Coon; seven siblings: David Pacic, Amy Pacic, Beth (Leonard) Brunette, Dyan (Todd) Erickson, Richard (Robin) Pacic, Anthony (Jennifer) Pacic, Rita (Kenneth) Whise; mother in law, Dixie Lake; brother in law, Scott (Jeanette) Koetje; and numerous nieces and nephews. Bob is preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Margaret Pacic, and father-in-law Jacob Koetje. Bob was born on February 2, 1960, in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Emil and Margaret Pacic. He graduated from Comstock High School in 1978, Western Michigan University in 1987, with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville in 1993 with a Master’s degree in Quality Engineering. He married Debra Koetje on October 8, 1983, and they welcomed a daughter, Emily in 1992. Bob worked for many years as an engineer at several Fortune 500 companies, including the Boeing Company, General Motors, Dow Chemical, and Whirlpool. Bob was an avid motorcyclist, putting hundreds of thousands of miles on his BMW R 1150 RT during countless trips around Lake Superior and the Great Lakes region. He enjoyed listening to jazz, cross-country skiing, canoeing, and camping with family. Bob was passionate about learning and shared that enthusiasm with his daughter. Bob took advantage of every moment he had, treasuring valuable time with his wife, daughter, son-in-law, siblings, friends, and most recently, his new grandson. Bob was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s Disease in October 2015. With the charitable assistance of the Susan Mast ALS Foundation and ALS of Michigan, Bob lived the next four years in the comforts of his own home, cared for by his wife and siblings.