Robert Douglas Hartley

Robert Douglas Hartley, 76, of Clinton Township, Michigan died Sunday, April 26, 2020 at Henry Ford Hospital in Clinton Township, Michigan from complications due to COVID19 Disease.

Bob was born on Wednesday, April 28, 1943, to Thornton Douglass Hartley and Mary Dorothy (Bonell) Hartley in Detroit, Michigan.

Bob attended Lincoln High School in Warren Michigan where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Nancy (Barr) Hartley. They were married on June 6, 1964 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Detroit, Michigan.

Bob worked for over 40 years as a Pipe Fitter and later started a business with his son, Jim, called RDH Company. This business has taken many turns over the years, it started as a painting business, then went on to become a remodeling and home improvement business and is still being run by his son James.

Bob was a long-time member of The Woods Church in Warren, Michigan, where he attended with his late wife. He was an active member of the church choir for several years. He was also a member of the Santa Maria Lodge #220 for over 30 years. There he served on the board and was involved in many of the Columbus Day and Italian Riverfront Festivals.

He was predeceased by his wife Nancy on May 7, 2012. He is survived by his partner Teresa, Daughter, Suzanne (Hartley) (William) Burke and Son, James (Linda) Hartley. He has 6 grandchildren: Lauren (Philip) Tibitoski, Douglass Hartley, Melissa Hartley, Nicholas Hartley, Kimberly Hartley and Kellie Hartley. He also has 3 Grand-dogs and 2 Great-Grand-dogs.


A memorial service is being planned for later this summer.

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  1. Suzanne Hartley-Burke

    Dad, I hope that you are proud of who I have become. I love you so much and I miss you so much. You are in a much better place, out of pain and you are with the love of your life. Give mom a hug and kiss for me. I love you so much dad.

  2. Deanna Johnson/Gossert

    Sue, my heart breaks for you! I can’t make this any easier, but I can keep you in my heart and my prayers!

  3. sally berthiaume

    Sue and Jim, I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. I hope peace comes to you and you always remember the good memories.
    Sally (Smith) Berthiaume

  4. Deanna Holaway

    I am sorry Sue and Jimmy, for the loss of your Father. The loss of a parent is never easy. Your Mom and Dad are finally together again. There is so much sadness, but also such great memories . I loved them both.

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