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Robert Louis Scranton

November 8, 1918 April 29, 2009
Robert Louis Scranton
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Robert Louis Scranton passed away in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at the age of 90. He was born to Melvin V. and Charlotte M. (Nunn) Scranton in Paw Paw, Michigan on November 8, 1918. Bob graduated from Western Michigan University and received his Masters Degree from University of Michigan. After teaching for one year at Byron Center, MI, he joined the U.S. Army in 1942. He served in the 106th Infantry Unit and was a POW captured in Germany during the famed �Battle of the Bulge�. He remained active in the military for years, was a member of the American Legion for over fifty years and served as Commander of the Brighton Post #235. Bob was a Charter member of the 106th Infantry Division Association, which meets annually, and had served as Adjutant of the Division for twelve years, was a Past President and Life Member.
After teaching in the Hartford Public Schools for four and a half years, Bob began teaching and coaching at Brighton Area Schools in 1952 and served as Athletic Director and Principal of Brighton Middle School. After 25 years of outstanding services, the B.A.S. Board of Education named the school in his honor �Robert L. Scranton Middle School�. When the new middle school was built on Maltby Road in 1993, the name was transferred to that school.
One of the gifts Bob received at the naming of the school in 1977 was a Life Membership to the University of Michigan �M� Club in Ann Arbor. He ultimately served on the Board in various capacities including Secretary and Treasurer. As head of the Brighton Recreation in the 1960�s, he had summers of Little League, American Legion baseball and taught hundreds of children and adults in swimming and life-saving classes. Bob was active in the Brighton Rotary Club, had served as it�s President and also received the prestigious �Paul Harris Fellow� award from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
As a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Brighton since April 11, 1957, he served as both Deacon and Elder. Bob had a strong faith and lived it. After his family, sports were his prime interest. He ushered at U of M football and basketball games for many years, was a member of the Representative Council from 1970 to 1983 and was also a representative of the MHSAA. He loved his family, Church, U of M, sports and travel. Bob also loved Brighton and leaves many friends there.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mildred M. Scranton of Brighton; their children, Clare A. (Cas) Scranton of Pinckney, Karen Lou (Chet) Kierpaul of Westland; grandchildren, Eric Scranton of Pinckney, Aaron Kierpaul of Westland, Kassandra L. Kierpaul of Westland; step-grandchildren, Darren Jones of Greenville and David Jones of Detroit; sister, Geraldine R. (George) Jacher of Paw Paw and his sister-in-law, Gail (Clyde) Colman of Berrien Springs. He also leaves several loving nieces, nephews, extended family members and dear friends who come together to mourn his death and to celebrate a life well lived.

A Funeral Service will be held at 12 PM on Saturday, May 2, 2009 at First Presbyterian Church of Brighton, 300 East Grand River Avenue, Brighton with the Rev. Daniel Michalek officiating. Burial will follow at Brighton Hills Cemetery. Memorials suggested to Robert L. Scranton Academic/Athletic Fund or the First Presbyterian Church of Brighton. For further information contact Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors, 600 E. Main St., Brighton at 810-229-2905.


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