Robert Edward "Bob" Bullerdick, son of Elmer (1898-1955) and Doris Martha (Dotson) (1905-1988) Bullerdick, was born 27 February 1931, Melrose Park, Cook County, Illinois. He was raised in rural Oceana County, Michigan. Bob's parents divorced in 1949.
Bob was a veteran of the US Navy. After honorable military discharge he attended Michigan State University where he obtained bachelor's and master's degrees. Bob taught biology and general science at Okemos High School in 1959-1960. He was then employed by Bath Community Schools, Bath, Clinton County, Michigan to teach science courses in the high school. He remained at Bath High School for the remainder of his teaching career, retiring after over 30 years. Bob was a beloved teacher.
Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michigan) Thursday 3 May 1962
BIRD WALK PLANS TOLD
Robert Bullerdick, president of Lansing Audubon society, will be guest leader of Saturday's bird walk in Arboretum park.
"One day on the way to school, Mr. Bullerdick picked up a road-killed skunk which had not been splattered too badly. In fact, the gland that contained the odiferous compound for which skunks are renowned had not been broken - yet! As he or someone else was dissecting the skunk, the scalpel slipped and the stench was released in the classroom. That skunk was "flown" for a while on an old beat-up flagpole at the northeast corner of the building while it aired out."
"On another occasion, a mischievous student had pulled some nefarious stunt and then gotten into one of the science room storage closets in an effort to avoid reprisals. In my memory it seems like the school was pretty new at the time and the door lock was backward so he locked himself in. Anyway, Mr. Bullerdick and Mr. Comeau put
their heads together, then put a couple of drops of butyric acid on a piece of paper and slid it under the door. It wasn't long before the smell of rancid butter drove the miscreant out. Of course, the smell didn't stop there!" Ken Black (Bath High School Class of 1968)
Bob married Darlene. They celebrated 52 years of marriage and 3 children before Bob's death 6 September 2010, Clinton County, Michigan.
Published in Lansing State Journal on September 9, 2010
Bob, 79, of Bath, MI. passed away Monday. A native of Hesperia, Michigan, he attended a one room country school where his love of nature and adventure began. During the Korean Conflict, he served as postmaster for four years aboard the USS Jupiter in the Pacific theatre. He always said that was a job where "everyone was happy to see you." While on board the USS Jupiter, he and his shipmates set the US naval record for most continuous days at sea. After his honorable discharge, he went on to earn bachelors and masters degrees in wildlife biology from Michigan State University. He taught biology at Okemos and Bath High Schools for a total of 31 years where his sense of humor and engaging personality made him a favorite among students. Bob's dedication to teaching went beyond the classroom, encouraging students to set and achieve higher goals.
After retirement, Bob volunteered for 10 years as a docent at the Michigan Historical Museum. He was an active member of his church where he served as head usher for 10 years. Bob also liked dancing. He and his wife, Darlene greatly enjoyed their participation in Les Danseurs.
An avid traveler and outdoorsman, Bob was also a life-long bird watcher with over 800 species sighted on five continents. He is survived by his equally adventurous wife of 52 years, Darlene and his three children, Ted Bullerdick, Nancy Kupina, and Valerie Barth, and seven grandchildren. With kindness, humor, love of learning and teaching, and reverence for nature,
Bob was a man of integrity and faith and a friend to all. His ability to connect with people was his special gift.
A memorial service was held Saturday, September 11 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church, East Lansing.
Arrangements by Gorsline-Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Eastminster Presbyterian Church in memory of Bob, or the charity of one's choice.