In memory of
ROBERT W. GAINES
GAINES, ROBERT W. Of Flint, age 90, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at Hospice House of Shiawassee County. Funeral services will be held at 11am Monday, June 5, 2017 at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road, Flint with Dr. Steve Anthony officiating. Visitation will take place 5-8pm Thursday and 2-8pm Saturday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Crestwood Cemetery with military honors under the auspices of the Marine Corps League Flint Detachment #155 Honor Guard. Robert was born in Baxter County, Arkansas on November 17, 1926 to the late Oscar and Mae (Thompson) Gaines. He married Etheleen (Wise) on May 7, 1949 in Piggott, Arkansas. Proudly serving in the U.S. Army in both World War II and the Korean War, Robert was forever grateful for the certification he received in the trade of watchmaking through the GI Bill. He opened his first jewelry store in Gideon, Missouri before moving to Flint in 1955 to work for the Hirsch jewelry store chain. In 1963, Robert opened Gaines Jewelry which is still in operation today and was voted "Best Jewelry Store in Genesee County" for three years in a row. From very humble beginnings, Robert truly lived the American Dream and often reminded others that "only in America" could such dreams be realized. Robert enjoyed his Christian faith, a good day's work, golf, and time spent with his family. He is survived by children Yasmin (Timothy) Gewirtz, David (Marisa) Gaines; grandchildren Elizabeth (Demetrios) Kyprianos, Fredrick (fianc Courtney Mercado) Gewirtz, Selina and Wesley Gaines; great-grandson James Bellows; special friend, Leona Oliver; siblings Pauline Woods and Connie Gaines along with several loving nieces and nephews. Robert was preceded in death by wife Etheleen, daughter Vickie, siblings Harry, Elbert, Ray, Gordon, and Norma. Contributions may be made to Hospice House of Shiawassee County or Gideon's International. Your condolences may be shared with the family at swartzfuneralhomeinc.com
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