Parade Grand Marshal
Congratulations Bob Jones!
2019 Grand Marshal
Nomination submission for Bob included the following comments – trustworthy, loyal, dependable, faithful service, over the top delivery, spread cheer, warmly connect with customers, dedicated, treats each customer as if they are the only person he was working for, went out of his way to bring a smile, when he knew someone was recovering he would take packages to the door.
I was born in Pontiac Michigan and lived in the Scottville Michigan area for my early childhood years. The crystal-clear water and sugar sand beaches left a lasting impression. Throughout the years I lived downstate and after college at Michigan State, I moved to Denver Colorado. The city and Rocky Mountains were exciting but lacked the aquatic beauty of N.W. Michigan. We moved back to Michigan and years later, moved to Elk Rapids in 1984. After years of researching the Grand Traverse area, Elk Rapids had excellent schools, beautiful parks, churches and local shops all within walking distance. My dream was to own a lakefront resort. I was blessed to work at White Birch Lodge for 12 years, an experience I will always treasure. During this time, I married my beautiful, intelligent and very funny Judi. She blessed me with a beautiful and fine daughter, Heather, and fine son Sean. Together with my fine sons Shayne and Scott, we had our complete blended family. We bought an old run-down farmhouse in town, and with Judi and the kids help, are still fixing it up. I credit Judi with her ever-dedicated love, support and encouragement for me and especially for our kids and 7 grandkids: Ethan, Julia, Caleb, Sam, Isaac, Lily and Matilda.
I worked part-time at the Elk Rapids post office until 1997, then full-time. The many customers were very friendly and appreciative. I offered many silent prayers of blessing and help as I delivered their mail. Many prayers were answered over the years. The gorgeous scenery around Elk Rapids only enhanced my enjoyment of the job.
Recently retiring, I wasn’t one to just sit around. I applied for and got the job as park ranger for Antrim County Day Park. When I first came to Elk Rapids in 1984, I rented a cabin across the street from this park where I daily hiked and enjoyed sunsets. History, thankfully, has repeated itself.
A treasured tradition for our whole family is Elk Rapids Harbor Days. We all enjoy the parade, carnival and the fireworks. We all enjoy the beaches, parks and crystal-clear water.
We love and appreciate the many people of Elk Rapids who have and are continuing to work and live in ways that beautify and edify our great little town.
God bless you all,