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Robert Campbell Boyer

May 27, 1915 November 3, 2012
Robert Campbell Boyer
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Robert Campbell Boyer of Bloomfield Hills, died November 3, 2012, at Woodward Hills Nursing Center. He was 97 years old. Bob was born May 27, 1915, in Detroit to Zilpha (nee Campbell) and Charles Boyer. While growing up in Highland Park he enjoyed spending time with his grandfather, Judge Welcome Campbell of Royal Oak Township where the Campbell Street in Royal Oak bears his name. In 1925, Bob was one of the original campers to what became Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake. He would spend many a summer there as avid camper and eventually counselor.

During his school years, Bob's adeptness on viola included a string quartet on a weekly radio show and attending Interlochen National Music Academy on scholarship in the summer. He attended Highland Park Junior College, then the University of Michigan for two years before entering U of M Law School, graduating in 1939.

After his induction into the Army in 1941, Bob proudly served as an artillery officer during WWII, retiring from duty with rank of Captain in 1951. That year he married Edith Margaret Tull and together they raised four children after moving to Bloomfield Township.

Bob was active in his Theta Chi Fraternity as a National Board member, serving as president for six years. As a member of the Detroit Athletic Club since 1962, he enjoyed both swimming and bowling, taking home several league championships.

Professionally, Bob was a trust and probate attorney as a partner with Seely, Boyer, Gilleo and Simon Law Firm. He was an active member of the Bar Association for over 50 years, serving as President of the Senior Lawyers division of the Michigan Bar Association for several years.

Bob enjoyed traveling. He made trips to China and Russia as an ABA Delegate, and to Scotland many times with family and friends. Bob was an active reader and enjoyed solving Sudoku puzzles and playing chess with his children. He also enjoyed tending to his flower gardens, golf and watching U of M football and the Detroit Tigers, but his greatest joy came from family gatherings.

Bob was active in Kirk in the Hills Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon and Elder while attending services faithfully until his health would no longer allow it. After a heart attack in 1974, Bob took up healthy eating and cardiac rehabilitation, including daily walks up until his early 90s. Bob believed healthy living combined with a deep spiritual faith, as well as an active mind, together were the secret to a long happy life. His family shares this belief.

A devoted husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend, he was deeply loved and will be sorely missed by many.

Bob is survived by his children, Judy (Bruce) Campbell, Patricia (Peter) Williams, William (Deborah) Boyer, and Nancy (Douglas) Fryer. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Kevin, Jessica, Hope, Henry, and Ian. Bob is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Edith, brothers, Harold and Donald Boyer, and sister, Dorothy Whitely.

Friends may visit at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) Thursday 4-8pm. A Funeral Service will be held at Kirk in the Hills, 1340 W. Long Lake Road, Bloomfield Hills, Friday 11am. Friends may visit at church beginning at 10am.

Memorials appreciated to Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake (Endowment Fund) or Beaumont Foundation Cardiac Rehabilitation Fund.


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