December 13, 1942 - October 11, 2019
Friends and family are welcomed to join us for a prompt full military honor ceremony at Fort Custer National Cemetery, 15501 Dickman Rd, Augusta, MI, on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. For those attending please meet at the Cortege Assembly Area at 2:15 p.m. To make a lasting gift in Robert’s memory, please consider the Battle Creek VA Medical Center Community and Volunteer Service, c/o the funeral home. Please specify the 1007 Substance Abuse Treatment Unit Fund or the 1042 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Patient Fund. The family wishes to thank his friends and neighbors Steve and Vicky Sturm for being loyal friends to Robert for so many years.
Age 76, passed away on Friday, October 11, 2019. Peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family. Robert (Bob) was born in Kalamazoo, MI, on December 13, 1942. Robert was the son of William Joel Maze and Lola Florence Beatrice Liles. He leaves behind his children, Michele Maze Brown (Wyatt), William Richard Maze, Daniela Maze Litjens (Bart) and also his grandchildren Josh Peterman, Kaylee Norris, Heather Gonzalez, Kaitlin Hines, Jacob Hines, Brendon Maze, Cameron Brown, and three great-grandchildren.
Robert attended Kalamazoo Central High School and graduated from Military Police School (Provost Marshal General School) in 1960. From there he joined the Army as a Military Police officer. Some of his duties included dog handling and Headquarters security. He was involved with War Plans Operations during the Cuban missile crisis, and also involved with securing the Apollo Project and the White Sands (NM) Missile Range. In 1963, he was stationed in Munich, Germany and conducted military police patrols alongside the German police. He was also stationed at the Dachau correctional facility, as a Guard Commander. After this tour he returned stateside to post at Leavenworth (KS) as a correctional specialist at the Military Prison. Robert was also stationed in Okinawa (Japan) and Hawaii.
On June 20, 1968, he was deployed to Vietnam and started his tour at the Long Binh Jail (LBJ) correctional facility in Dong Nai Province (South Vietnam). He was stationed here during the two week riot that occurred in August 1968. After peace was restored at the prison, Robert then supervised and participated in military police patrols north of Saigon in the so called Iron Triangle.
In 1969, he took on a new assignment back at Leavenworth (KS) Military Prison where he worked for one year before going back to Germany. Here he was first stationed at the Mannheim correctional facility as a custodial guard supervisor. He then worked as a squad leader in Bad Tolz where he started his family.
In 1973, Robert went stateside to Fort Gordon (GA) as a Senior Instructor at the United States Army Military Police School. He retired as a Staff Sergeant E-6 in October of 1974 with honorable discharge. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with 5 bronze Service Stars, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, 2 Overseas Service Bars, 2 Good Conduct Medals, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, and a Meritorious Unit Citation.
After he retired from the military, he graduated from Kalamazoo Valley Community College with an Engineer Degree in Tool and Die. He worked in the Kalamazoo area. In his free time he enjoyed fishing, building computers, spending time with family and his cats (Charlie and Toby).