Escanaba- Robert ‘Bob’ Shepich, 75, of Escanaba, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at home following a short battle with cancer. His final days were spent surrounded by his loving family.
Robert was born in Stambaugh, MI, on July 21, 1942, to the late Joseph and Agnes (Gentilini) Shepich. He was raised in Caspian and graduated from Stambaugh High School in 1960. After receiving a BS in Education from Northern Michigan University in 1964, he was employed at the Escanaba High School for 32 years. He taught 10th grade English and was Head of the English Department. He also enjoyed playing drums in the teachers’ band. While teaching in Escanaba, he met the love of his life, Susan (Kehoe) Shepich whom he married on September 27, 1969 and has remained by her side for the last 48 years.
Bob is survived by his wife Susan; children, Kristan (Don) Cameron of Antioch, IL, Amy (John) Stevenson and John (Jennie) Shepich all of Escanaba; his grandchildren, D.J., Colin, and Brennan Cameron, Javon Stevenson and 1 step grandson, John Stevenson III. He is also survived by one sister, Shirley McDaniel Schwartz and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant daughter, Jacquline Susan Shepich.
Bob was a lover of sports and music. He was a drummer in two bands; the Versatils and the Country Squires. He was also the president of the Musicians’ Union. Other clubs he was a member of included the Esky Fan Club, the Elks, the Ambassadors Club, MARSPS, and the Escanaba Country Club.
His love of sports was a focal point in his life. In his younger years, he played in bowling and golf leagues. He had a passion for watching baseball. He loved all things Detroit, especially the Lions and the Tigers. In more recent years he became involved in fantasy baseball league and also played fantasy football.
Bob was an avid storyteller who joked till the bitter end. He had a special group of friends he met every Monday at Drifters for breakfast that will feel the void of his tales. He had a sheer talent for captivating a crowd.
The family will receive friends on Monday, January 8th from 2-4:30 p.m. at St. Anne’s Church in Escanaba. Funeral services at the church will begin at 5 p.m. with a dinner to follow in the fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully request that memorials be directed to OSF Hospice and the Delta County Cancer Alliance.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Shepich family.