Obituary of Bobbie “Bob” Mackey
Bobbie Jean Mackey was born on March 14, 1954 in Monroe, Michigan. He was one of four sons born from the union of William Henry and Verna Catherine (Ingle) Mackey. Bob was a graduate of Monroe High School. He later attended college courses, finishing just shy of obtaining a degree. Bob proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was employed by Gerdau Steel for many years before retiring in 2016.
Bob had a deep appreciation for the great outdoors. He never missed hunting during both bow and gun season at his cabin in Lake, Michigan. Bob also enjoyed riding snowmobiles through the trails of Northern Michigan. Always up for adventure, he hit the road on his motorcycle for many cross-country trips, often alongside his significant other, Gayla. The pair were once on a memorable trip to South Dakota where they experienced significant winds. However, it did not compare to a recent trip over the Mackinac Bridge where the strong winds and pelting rain had them questioning whether they’d make it across safely. It was well known that Bob was not the best at keeping his gas tank full. Many stories have been shared about him running on empty including on his honeymoon, a family trip to Virginia, and numerous times with his brother, Jim.
A talented handyman, Bob restored and resold three homes. He was also a knowledgeable mechanic and proud of the classic trucks he restored. Bob even taught his former spouse, Diane, how to remove the coil wire from a car. This knowledge came in handy when their son was grounded, and they didn’t want him to take off in the car. A generous and caring man, Bob often mowed lawns and cleared snow for all his neighbors. More than anything else, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
Bobbie Jean Mackey, age 68, of Temperance, Michigan passed away on Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at Michigan Medicine Center, Ann Arbor. His passing was preceded by his parents; his son: Adam; and one brother: Charles.
To cherish his memory, he leaves his companion of nineteen years: Gayla Ables; two brothers: James and David Mackey; one granddaughter: Zoe; a former spouse and close friend: Diane Mackey; and Gayla’s three children: Marissa (Ryan) Martin, Jon (Chrystal) Ables, and Brian Ables; five grandchildren: Briana Ables, Kaylee Ables, Wanderlei Ables, Alecia Martin, and Kelsey Martin; and two great grandchildren: Egypt Williams and Kairo Williams.
Friends may gather on Tuesday; December 20, 2022, from 4:00pm until 6:00pm at Merkle Funeral Service, South Monroe;14567 South Dixie Highway, Monroe, Michigan 48161 (734) 241-7070. A Celebration of Bobbie’s life officiated by Pastor Daniel Potts of Trinity Lutheran Church, Monroe will begin at 6:00pm also at Merkle’s. Cremation will follow through the on-site crematory, Covenant Cremation in Erie, Michigan.
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