Robert G. Pankhurst of Cascade died suddenly Monday, July 22, 2013 in Cascade, MI.
Born August 31, 1922 to Albert George Pankhurst and Martha Wiggins in Toronto, Canada Bob, his parents and two sisters immigrated to Buffalo, N.Y. where Bob met and eventually married his high school sweetheart Marietta Petix (Pankhurst). The couple was married 63 years until Marietta’s death in 2007. A science prodigy Bob graduated from the University of Buffalo with a bachelors of science degree while working nights cleaning test tubes at Union Carbide’s Lindy Division in Buffalo. He spent his entire career as an analytic chemist at Union Carbide and in 1983 was designated as a Corporate Fellow in Technology, before retiring in 1990. He is the holder of several patents and has consulted internationally. Mr. Pankhurst was decorated Army veteran serving in both the European and Asian theaters. Bob Pankhurst loved the natural world. Until declining vision limited his activities he was an avid fisherman, photographer, gardener, golfer, traveler and camper. He later became a student of comparative religions and cultures in an effort to understand and advocate for world peace. Robert Pankhurst is survived and greatly missed by his sister Marion Cascade, MI; children, Robert Pankhurst Grand Rapids, MI and Susan (William) Wheadon Cedar, MI; grandchildren Laura Havey (Todd) Ada, MI; Carrie Wheadon (Michael Lauren) Portland, OR; Molly Wheadon Byron Center, MI; Christina White and Lauren Collins, FL; great grandchildren Josephine and Sophia Ness; Nathan Lauren; and David Ziegler. There will be a visitation for friends and family Thursday July 25th from 5-8:00 pm at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3890 Cascade Rd. S.E. Visitors will be encouraged to write down a favorite Bob Pankhurst story or remembrance. These will be read aloud by family from 8-8:30 pm. Donations can be made to your local chapter of the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.