Morsink, Robert (Bob) Clark, loving husband, father/step-father, grandfather, step-grandfather, and great-grandfather, age 92, of Crozier, peacefully passed away on April 10, 2023. Robert was born on June 19, 1930 in Grand Rapids, MI to the late Bertram H. Morsink and Ethel Josephine (Reichel) Morsink. He was preceded in death by his sister, Dr. Helen M. Morsink of Grand Rapids, MI, his mother-in-law, Catherine S. Williams of Crozier, VA, and his brother-in-law, James G. Williams of Richmond, VA.
Robert is survived by his loving wife of 36 years, Jacqueline W. Morsink; two children, Andrew (Terri) Morsink of Columbus, OH and Kristin (Sam) Young of Lexington, KY; two step-daughters, Karen (Grant) Witt-Riley of Sandy Hook, VA and Kathryn (Greg) Slater of Crozet, VA; sister-in-law, Sue (Richard) Salmon of Lewisville, NC and brother-in-law, David (Lorie) Williams of Crozier, VA.
Robert is also survived by and is proud of his nine grandchildren, Jeremy (Brandy) Young, Shane (Nicky) Young, Staci Smith, Samantha (Anthony) O’Neal, Sydney Morsink, Tanner Morsink, Taylor (Oksana) Witt, Forrest Witt, and Eddie Slater, and his four great-grandchildren, Thomas and Ella Young, Caroline Young, and Maximilian Witt.
Robert graduated from Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids, MI in 1948. While still in high school, Robert joined the Michigan National Guard Co. K, 126th Infantry, 46th Division and after graduating began working as an “Apprentice Pressman” in commercial printing with Wheeler-Van Label Company. With the outbreak of the Korean War (1950), Robert enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served for four years as a Flight Engineer and Maintenance Control Technician in the 35th Air Transport Squadron of the Military Air Transport Service in the North Atlantic. He was honorably discharged in 1955, with a total of nine years of Reserve and Active Duty, of which he is grateful and proud.
After military service, Robert enrolled at Western Michigan University, where he completed a four-year curriculum in three years on a GI Bill and a Debate Scholarship. In Varsity Debate, Robert served as Team Captain and was elected to Tau Kappa Alpha, the National Debate Honor Society. His debate team excelled and won “2nd Honors” in the National Collegiate Debate in 1957. Robert particularly enjoyed being part of a television debate at Michigan State University where the teams debated “The Right to Know” law, which came to be later called the “Freedom of Information Act.”
Other honors for Robert at Western Michigan included being elected to Omicron Delta Kappa, the Leadership Honor Society. His love of flying led him to become a private pilot while a student, and he was active in the “Sky Broncos” Program at Western Michigan and served as President of Sigma Alpha Tau, the Aviation Honor Society.
Robert graduated from Western Michigan in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science in Air Transportation and Business Administration, with minors in Industrial Psychology and Communication. Upon graduating, Robert took a position with Martin Aerospace of Denver, CO as a Senior Management Engineer, working on the then Titan I.C.B.M. Program. In 1965, he joined Warner Electric Brake of Beloit, WI as a Corporate Policy Analyst. In 1969, Robert joined the University of Kentucky Medical Center (Hospital), rising to the position of Director of Management Systems. After thirteen years in hospital management, Robert left to work for the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department as a consultant to the Health Commissioner.
Robert was an accomplished private pilot, and while living in Lexington, he became a member of the Lexington Flying Club, serving as President for six years and as Vice-President for Maintenance for six years. During his thirty years of active flying, he enjoyed flying family, friends, and business associates to all parts of the country.
In 1985, Robert accepted a position as General Manager of B-Dry Basement Waterproofing Systems in Richmond, VA, where he met and married his present wife, Jacqueline. In retirement, he started a small antique furniture repair business as the “Crozier Craftsman.” Several local antique dealers used his skills to restore and repair furniture pieces, antique and otherwise. Robert frequently used his talents for repairing broken items for family and friends throughout his life, especially favorite broken toys for grandchildren. He liked to say that the only things he may not be able to fix were “broken hearts or the break of day.”
Robert’s other interests included a lifelong interest in and study of Science, particularly Astronomy, world religions and history, aviation, loving his schnauzer dogs, and spending time with family and grandchildren, especially their yearly trips to the Outer Banks.
Robert was raised and confirmed at the age of twelve in the Central Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, MI. He later became a member and served as Treasurer of First Presbyterian Church, Beloit, WI, and later a member of Maxwell Presbyterian Church, Lexington, KY. Although a Presbyterian, Robert attended and was active, along with his wife, for over thirty years at First Baptist Church, Richmond, VA. He enjoyed being a discussion leader/teacher in the Senior Adult Sunday School Department.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Goochland Fire-Rescue Association (Crozier), Goochland CARES, or the Goochland Historical Society. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa, VA. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at First Baptist Church, Richmond, VA , at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 29, with reception to follow in Flamming Hall.