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Robert "Bob" Wayne Velting

September 30, 1957 February 20, 2022
Robert "Bob" Wayne Velting
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Resident of Eustis, FL – Robert W. Velting, 64, passed away peacefully on February 20, 2022, at AdventHealth Waterman hospital in Tavares, FL. He was born September 30, 1957, in Battle Creek, MI, the son of Wayne and Dixie (Harvey) Velting who preceded him in death.
Bob graduated Vice-President of his Senior Class from Battle Creek Academy, Class of 1976. He had posted a saying in his senior yearbook that motivated his life, “Never measure the height of a mountain until you reach the top, then you will see how low it was.” Following graduation, he attended Andrews University, Kettering College, and Loma Linda University graduating with a degree in Physical Therapy.
He practiced physical therapy for 37 years and was beloved by all his patients. He specialized in orthopedics but had experience in all areas of physical therapy while working in various specialties in California, Georgia, and Florida. His most current employer was Lake Centre for Rehab where he was employed for 23 years.
Bob had great childhood memories while growing up in Battle Creek. His family was close, and he would tell stories of fun times with grandparents, sisters, & cousins while working at the Velting family strawberry farm in Olivet, MI. Summers were enjoyed spending time water skiing at Long Lake and many camping trips were embarked upon with dearly cherished family and friends. Other memories that he relished were times spent at Camp Au Sable, Echo Valley, & working at Michigan Seventh-Day Adventist camp meetings.
Bob had an appreciation for music, and he played the trumpet in the BCA school band. He was a former member of “Youth for Eternity Singers” and the “Higher Ground Singers”. His music repertoire included classical, classic rock, country, and southern gospel.
He inherited his father’s mechanical talents, and both shared a love of cars. His sister Cheryl said he helped her diagnosis and fix many small household repairs by asking her to send him a picture of the problem. He was a great athlete and enjoyed a variety of physical activities including basketball, flag football, snow/water skiing, hiking, and mountain biking. One of his favorite things in life was riding the “Tail of the Dragon” at Deals Gap on his Harley Davidson motorcycle in the mountains of Tennessee with his Uncle Bill and Aunt Jean Harvey. He also dearly loved his special dog named Whisper, she is deaf, and he used sign language to communicate with her. She quickly learned that she could try to ignore his “no” command by turning her head and not looking at him!
Bob was a compassionate person with a giant smile and infectious laugh. He did not know a stranger and everyone he met quickly became his friend. He worked hard, played hard, and because of this, God must have allowed for an early retirement. His final message to those he held dear was scribbled on a paper towel that was found left laying on his kitchen counter: “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” Eph. 4:32 (NKJV).

He is grieved by his immediate family: Cynthia Velting-Kidder (sister) resides in the Detroit, MI vicinity and nephew Austin. Cheryl Velting (sister) resides in Battle Creek, MI and nephew Jacob (wife Linsey), 2 great nephews (Alaric & Maverick) and 1 great niece (Mavis).
Thank you, Bob, for the memories, for the years of love, laughter, and joy. Rest In Peace dear brother/uncle/nephew/cousin/friend until we meet again on the other side in the sweet bye and bye.
*Donations in memorandum can be made to a local animal rescue in your area in Bob Velting’s name.
*Send your condolences to Bob’s family at Banfieldfuneralhome.com - Winter Springs, FL.

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