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Betzig, Robert Robert Evans Betzig, 95, of Glen Arbor MI, formerly of Ann Arbor, MI passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021. He was born July 4, 1925 in Mineola, NY to Lillian (West) and Charles Betzig. He was the husband of Susan (Escott) Betzig. They were married 33 years. Bob grew up on Long Island and attended Mepham High where he discovered a life-long passion for wrestling as a part of the school's storied program. During World War II, Bob served in the U.S. Navy Air Corps and was also a member of the wrestling team. Following post-war service on the USS Wisconsin, he was recruited by Cliff Keen to wrestle for the University of Michigan, where he captained the team for two years and earned bachelor's and master's degrees. Upon finishing his education, Bob served as an assistant wrestling coach at UofM where he enjoyed a successful tenure and contributed to multiple Big Ten Conference championships. He attributed much of his success in life to his wrestling career, and he remained a supporter of his high school team and UofM wrestling throughout his life. Upon starting a family, he left coaching and began working at R&B Machine Tool Company in Saline. While his formal education was not in engineering, he was a gifted engineer, which, coupled with his coaching skill and relentless work ethic, led to a long and successful career. Bob rose to be President of R&B and eventually retired after 30 years with the company. He had an entrepreneurial spirit, and at the age of 60 he started Ann Arbor Machine Company with many friends and associates as investors. Over 20 years, his guidance and dedication helped grow the company into a leader in the special machine tool industry. Bob was generous with his family and numerous organizations. He loved his family dearly and was especially engaged with their success and happiness in his later years. He will be remembered as a coach and a role model by his children, friends, and associates. He is survived by his wife, his children; Laura Betzig (Paul Turke), Carla Force, Eric Betzig (Na Ji), Ron Betzig (Maria C.H.), Charles Betzig (Catharine), Emma Dahl (Madeline); twelve grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. For those wishing to donate in Bob's memory, please consider the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization benefiting our nation's veterans, first responders, and their families. https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/ There will be a memorial service in Ann Arbor in late spring or early summer.
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