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Robin Lee VandeWater

February 21, 1977 - March 29, 2021



Robin Lee VandeWater of Cadillac passed away suddenly Monday evening, March 29, 2021 in Cadillac. He was 44.

Rob was born in Cadillac on February 21, 1977. He graduated from Cadillac High School. Rob had worked in the pipeline for several years and more recently he had been employed at Peterson’s Towing, Northern Towing and Beeman’s Towing and Recovery in Cadillac. He was also a mechanic and loved wrenching on cars. Rob was the epitome of a gear head and had spent a ton of time at the Northern Michigan Drag way in Kaleva. He will be remembered as the go to guy and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Rob had been attending the Fresh Start Church in Boon.

Survivors include his daughters: Shaylein Fless, Emma VandeWater; his parents: Robert VandeWater and Kathleen VandeWater; a sister, Angela VandeWater all of Cadillac; nieces and nephew: Haley Schwartz, Aaron Pittman, Ava Pittman; grandmother, Marie Taylor; uncles and aunts: Tom and Julie Bateman; Nancy and Greg Sims, Brian Witbeck and Debbie Kasza, Mike and Julie Witbeck; many cousins and friends, including Skye Taylor.

Private family services will be held 11:00 AM, Monday, April 5, 2021 at Peterson Funeral and Cremation Services in Cadillac with Pastor Teresa Acre officiating. A public service will be held at a later date.

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Guest Book

  • Eva Huston - Mar 31st, 2021 1:34 pm

    "Kathy I am so sorry for your families loss. I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts. May God be with you all through this very difficult time and lay his hands upon you to comfort you . Love and prayers my friend "

  • Lonnie and Anna Pearo - Mar 31st, 2021 6:38 pm

    "Prayers for your family at this difficult time"

  • Vanessa Roby - Mar 31st, 2021 7:51 pm

    "I love you so much and will miss you.. I'll miss our long random talks and I'll keep my promise. Thank you for being the dad I never truly had..."

  • Angie - Mar 31st, 2021 9:08 pm

    "Forever loving you~"

  • Skye Taylor - Mar 31st, 2021 10:37 pm

    "I love you Rob. Until we meet again."

  • Heather Span - Mar 31st, 2021 10:41 pm

    "I love you and miss you Rob. Good bye is not forever. You are in my heart."

  • Dawn Todosciuk - Apr 1st, 2021 3:32 am

    "Rob was a great man. He always brightened our day at cadillac java all of ur were aleays so happy to see his smiling face."

  • Jamie Corn - Apr 1st, 2021 4:32 am

    "I only saw you a few times but you were a good guy. You were an awesome father figure to Skye, Heather, and Destiny. You were funny always cracking jokes. I will never forget the time you scared us on Halloween or when you brought your plastic skeleton girlfriend to the party. You will be loved and missed by many. "

  • Ellie Roussain - Apr 1st, 2021 5:35 am

    "I"m go very sorry to here about Robby. He was a wonderful friend to Tasha. Our hearts go out to all of you. "

  • Paula & Ted Dewey - Apr 1st, 2021 6:45 am

    "Bob, So Sorry about the loss of your son. We are praying for you. "

  • Mechelle Helmka - Apr 1st, 2021 8:28 am

    "Kathy, Bob, Angie and Family, my heart goes out to you and your whole family. Rob will be dearly missed. He was a wonderful. I am going to miss seeing his smiling face. "

  • Melissa Wooton - Apr 1st, 2021 11:00 am

    "I have some beautiful memories of this wonderful man. He has the most beautiful soul and had such a contagious smile and energy. Rob you will forever be a bright spot in my life and heart. You will live on in all of our memories and defibitely won't be forgotten."

  • Ava todosciuk - Apr 1st, 2021 2:32 pm

    "Rob vanderwater, over the years you have been such a sweetheart to me and my mother, you coming through Java. Always puts a smile on my mothers face everytime. You never failed to make us happy, we will miss you. Don't race to hard up there. "

  • Theresa waslowicz - Apr 1st, 2021 3:06 pm

    "Rest in peace old friend in God's arms amen...."

  • Stephanie Webber - Apr 1st, 2021 3:20 pm

    "So sorry for your loss Rob's going to be missed our prayers go out to you and your family God took another angel "

  • Dawn Whaley - Apr 1st, 2021 4:21 pm

    "Sorry for your loss and sending prayers to you and your family "

  • Brian and Brooke Henry and family - Apr 1st, 2021 5:02 pm

    "We are going to miss you so much Robby. "

  • Tara Horton - Apr 1st, 2021 6:14 pm

    "Rob was one of the nicest kids I grew up with. We spent a lot of time in the neighborhood just having fun as kids. Those memories will always be with me. Prayers and hugs to his mom, dad, sister and the rest of his family and loved ones. "

  • Jamie Rise - Apr 2nd, 2021 3:03 am

    "Angie! Kathy & Bob, I'm Sorry for ur loss. My Thoughts & Prayers are with you all Love Jamie "

  • Karl Booth - Apr 2nd, 2021 8:38 am

    "Deepest sympathy to the entire VandeWater family. "

  • John Budd - Apr 2nd, 2021 7:47 pm

    "Rob was one of my good friends. Always there when I needed him and always helping people out. I'll never forget u Rob and no one else will either. Goodbye Robby"

  • Shaylein - Apr 3rd, 2021 12:02 am

    "Fly high daddy ❤️ I am so glad I got to spend time with you. I can’t wait to see you again. You where such an incredible person and so highly respected in this town. You where the best daddy in the world and you never judged anything about me. Rest In Peace "

  • Kathy H. - Apr 3rd, 2021 7:55 am

    "Thank you Robby, for the ride on the DUNE BUGGY!!! It was both crazy and exciting. Sand flying all around. I'm glad you had your goggles on!! Keep your EYES on ALL that LOVE YOU, down here and keep them safe. It's what you have ALWAYS done and made sure of!!! "

  • Cousin Dave - Apr 3rd, 2021 3:33 pm

    "Miss our travels, you to Detroit area to see my brother Dan and I and our travels to see you and Angie. Will never forget the summers you and Angie got to spend here in Detroit with our mom being a teacher and having summer off. Bob-lo amusement park island was the best!"

  • Hals - Apr 4th, 2021 10:06 pm

    "Love ya forever Uncle "

  • Tasha Webber - Apr 5th, 2021 7:19 am

    "I’m am absolutely heartbroken Rob was like a cousin to me, he was always there for my mom. Bob, Kathie, Angie, I’m always here for you guys if ever need anything. "

  • Jason Taylor - Apr 6th, 2021 8:32 pm

    "Till we meet again. love ya bro, JT "

  • Aaron Pittman - Apr 7th, 2021 12:46 pm

    "You couldn’t ask for a more model Uncle. With this, we’ve all lost an insanely unique figure in our life. You were built different and everybody knew it! I hope everyone appreciates his memory and cherishes the ones they made with him. Rest easy uncle Robbie, you will be missed so much. ☹️❤️"

  • Victoria Osborn - Apr 12th, 2021 9:17 pm

    "You were my first true love and you blessed me with my beautiful daughter. You were the sweetest, funniest man and you always had a place in my heart. I enjoyed our long conversations in the later years. You will always be missed and I will cherish all the wonderful memories I did have of you. Rest in Heaven. "

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