THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: July 15, 2020
Robert "Bob" Liberty, 95, of Menominee, Mi., passed away Friday, July 3, 2020 at Aurora Medical Center, Bay Area in Marinette.
Born Aug. 8, 1924 in L'Anse, Mi., to the late Percy and Bernadette (Raymond) Liberty, he attended L'Anse School and graduated in May of 1943. He enlisted in the United States Navy while still in high school and served in the South Pacific on the Tingey Destroyer 3rd and 7th fleet from 1943 until 1946. After service he earned a degree in Education at Northern Michigan University. He taught in Peck, Mi. for 13 years and then became principal and coached football, baseball and basketball. He received a Masters degree from the University of Michigan.
He married the former Helen English in August of 1952 at St. Johns Church in Peck and they had two children, Beth Conant and Steven Liberty. In 1964 they moved to Marquette where he was involved at Northern Michigan University on a year program for high school dropouts. In 1965 he worked for the Marquette Catholic Diocese as director of Community Affairs until moving to Menominee in 1969 where he was Vice Principal and Vocational Director at Menominee High School. In 1982 he retired and Interfaith Manor was built where the couple co managed the Manor for 15 years.
After retiring, they enjoyed wintering in Zephyrhills, Fla. and spent summers at home in Menominee. He enjoyed golfing, playing cards, dining out, concerts at Busch Gardens, visiting with friends and family, hunting, fishing and loved telling Finnish jokes and other stories.
A member of the American Legion and Retired Teachers, he was a past member of North Shore Golf Club and the Golden K. For 15 years he walked two miles every day treating all dogs on his route and meeting several new friends in both Menominee and Florida. He was an avid Menominee Maroons and Green Bay Packer fan.
Survivors include his wife of over 67 years, Helen; a daughter, Beth Conant; a son, Steven; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Schneider; two sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law and a son-in-law, Scott Conant.
Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date by Cadieu Funeral Home of Menominee.