Life Story / Obituary
Robert A. Ackerman Jr, age 63, passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 29, 2017 at his Lake Michigan home in Muskegon, Michigan with family by his side. Bob lived a full life. He was born in Rochester, NY to Robert and Mary Ackerman. After High School he moved to Aspen, Colorado and was a ski shop manager, ski instructor, chef and club manager for 8 years. He then moved to Vail, Colorado and started a Hot Tub business. Summers were spent at the family’s cottage on Crystal Lake in Beulah, Michigan sailing E-Scows and working on the cottage. After 9 years out of High School, Bob decided he wanted to be a Doctor. He graduated with honors from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1990 with his Doctorate of Medicine. He completed his anesthesia residency at the University of Colorado, Denver and remained on staff as Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and OR Director. It was in Denver, as a medical student, that he met Cindy and they were married in 1991. They enjoyed skiing, mountain biking, climbing Colorado’s 14,000 foot peaks, and renovating old homes. In 2001, Bob and Cindy moved to Muskegon to be closer to family and Lake Michigan. Here, he worked at Mercy Hospital as an anesthesiologist for 15 years. It was a glioblastoma brain tumor - a merciless cancer that he gallantly fought for 16 months - that forced Bob to give up his medical career and took him from us much too early.
Bob is survived by Cindy, his mother Mary, his brother Bill (Laurie), his niece Paige, aunts, uncles, cousins and his loving therapy dog, Iris who was faithfully at his side during his cancer battle. Bob was preceded in death by his father Robert Ackerman and four canine companions: Shelby, Sammie, Tango and Tory.
There will be a gathering of friends and family at a later date. MEMORIAL: For a more lasting memory, the family suggests a contribution in Bob’s name to the Rhodesian Ridgeback Charitable Foundation, the American Brain Tumor Association, Harbor Hospice, or the charity of your choice.