Robert Belote (March 18, 1941 - February 22, 2023)

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Robert Belote
  • March 18, 1941
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  • February 22, 2023

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Robert Belote, age 81, of Bonita Springs, FL passed away on February 22, 2023, after a brave battle with Brain Cancer. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 37 years Marylou Belote, parents Waldo and Marion Belote, son Bryan Belote and sister Marylou Thornton.

Robert was born in Marshall, MI on March 18, 1941. He graduated from Tekonsha High School in 1959. He served honorably in the United States Marine Corp from 1959-1963. Robert accepted a patrolman position with the Battle Creek Police Department in 1963. He was promoted to Detective in 1976. He spent 12 years conducting criminal investigations. In 1988, he was promoted to Sergeant and was assigned to supervise the Special Investigations Unit. He ended his career supervising the Neighborhood Enforcement Team, retiring from the department in 1993. Robert also spent time as an instructor in criminal investigations, was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, and served as the president of the Battle Creek Police Relief Association.

In 1997, Robert moved to Bonita Springs, FL. While there, Robert continued employment with the Shadow Wood Country Club. He also built a successful home watch and handyman business. He enjoyed spending time with his family and being a Papa to his grandsons. He developed a passion for wood turning and could be found working in his garage on various projects at all hours. He loved riding motorcycles, golfing and a good cigar.

Robert is survived by his children Brent Belote of Grand Rapids, MI, Robin (Jamieson) Dill of East Grand Rapids, MI, Michael Zuiderveen of Byron Center, MI; sisters-in-law Nancy (Ron) DenBesten of Bonita Springs, FL, Robin Tinholt of Cedar, MI and Kristin Petersen of Boyne City, MI; grandsons Garrett and Jackson Dill, several nieces and nephews and wonderful friends.

A joint celebration of life is being planned for Robert and Marylou Belote on Wednesday, March 15 at Highland Woods Country Club in Bonita Springs, FL at 5 pm and on Sunday, April 16 at the Grand Rapids Yacht Club in East Grand Rapids, MI at 4 pm. Memorial Contributions can be made to the Inspector Marylou and Sergeant Robert Belote Scholarship Fund at

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  1. Theresa & Dick Draffone says:
    06 Mar 2023
    Bob and Marylou you are both dearly missed. You are truly good friends. Enjoyed all the motorcycle rides we did with you guys. Bob, we miss seeing you sitting in your chair in your garage. You were a great man. A fine example to your sons and grandsons. You are with Marylou it should be.

    Miss you are f riend

  2. Dan Brown says:
    03 Mar 2023
    So Sad !! Great friend Will be missed Condolences to the family
    Judy and Dan Brown

  3. Judie King says:
    28 Feb 2023
    Our Villas I in Highland Woods will never be the same. First we lost Mary Lou, and then Bob followed quickly. I can’t think of one without the other. One couple, two people who couldn’t have been nicer. Two people who adored one another and were better together, but still were so unique.
    I’m so thankful I have one of Bob’s beautiful Lazy Susans for my kitchen up north. It will always be a reminder of him working in the garage, enjoying his cigar, but always having time for a quick visit with all those walking past in the morning.
    Bob will be missed, as will Mary Lou.
    Love and prayers to all the family.
    Judie King

  4. Bob Mumma says:
    28 Feb 2023
    I met Bob and Marylou after they moved to Florida. I was Bob's partner in the Highland Woods member guest tournament a few times and it was always an enjoyable experience. He was a true gentleman and a man of many interests and talents. More importantly, he was a fine human being, as evidenced by his countless friends. He and Marylou will both be sorely missed. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

  5. Jeff Shouldice says:
    26 Feb 2023
    Bob was a good teacher and mentor to me early in my career. I'm sorry to loose him but hope he and Mary Lou are united once again.

  6. Suzanne Markham Ploehn says:
    24 Feb 2023
    I knew Bob from living in Lee Lake here in Michigan and was good friends with both his boys Brent and Bryan. Many good times we’re had by all. So sorry to hear of his passing. Prayers to all his family in this difficult time.

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