Rob Grodi Sr.

Robert Cornel Grodi was born on New Year’s Eve 1965 in Toledo, Ohio to Elenora (Fletcher) Grodi. He was one of eleven children. Sr. attended Monroe High School, however, many of his skills were self-taught. A talented carpenter, he was previously employed through the local.   His woodworking skills went hand in hand with his exceptional mathematical ability. Sr. also owned and operated a landscaping business, “Experienced Lawn Care”, for many years. Most recently, he worked as a stocker at Marathon Gas Station in Hudson, Michigan.

An avid outdoorsman, Sr., enjoyed deer hunting and shooting clay pigeons. He never missed an opportunity to get out on the water in his boat or fish for Salmon in Newaygo, Michigan. A fan of Chevrolet vehicles, Sr., owned many Suburban and Silverado models throughout the years. As much as he loved his trucks, Sr. was not afraid to get them dirty. He and his family enjoyed taking them out on “mudding” adventures with everyone relying on Sr. to figure out how to get them unstuck. During more laid-back times, he enjoyed watching Stargate and classic television, especially Westerns. He was a kid at heart and never missed Saturday morning cartoons.

Sr. was determined and stubborn.   His mantra was typically “my way or the highway”.   He seemingly loved to antagonize his children to get a rise out of them.  Although, he practiced tough love, Sr. had a big heart.   He was a father figure to many and always ensured everyone was taken care of.

Robert Cornel Grodi Sr., age 56, of Hudson, Michigan passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home on Thursday; May 5, 2022. His passing was preceded by his mother; an infant grandson: Bentley Favot; sister: Rita Balk; five brothers: Terry Grodi, James Grodi, Mike Grodi, Dennis Grodi, and Jim Fletcher; a brother in-law: Bob Pawlak; and a close friend: James Rehberg.

To cherish his memory, he leaves his seven children: Robert (Julia) Grodi Jr., Robert (Jessica) Gilbert, Christopher Grodi, Jacob Favot (fiancé Brittany Glass), Ashley (Nickolas) Dunn, Bethanie Grodi, and Angel Grodi; seven grandchildren: Haleigh Edmonds, Jakob Kurtz, Robert Grodi III, Gauge Grodi, Abryanna Favot, Elenora Dunn, and Nickolas Dunn; five great grandchildren: Leah Smith, Aubree Smith, twins: Emilee and McKinlee Smith, and Hadlee Durham; two sisters: Donna Pawlak and Diane Welch; two brothers: David Grodi and Arthur Grodi; many nieces and nephews; close friends: Lawrence Burger, Brian Guy, and Timothy Parriat; and Sr.’s canine companion he affectionately referred to as Tigger “Rat Bastard” Grodi, a Chihuahua-Pitbull Mix.

Friends may gather on Monday; May 9, 2022 from 3:00pm until 7:00pm at Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe; 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48162 (734) 384-5185. At 7:00pm the Grodi Family will have an open mic and encourage guests to share a memory as his life is celebrated.    

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