Robert Paul VanHamlin

June 23, 1958 - May 4, 2021

Robert Paul VanHamlin, 62, a resident of Cape Coral, FL for the past 12 years, formerly of Gaylord, MI, passed away Tuesday, May 4, 2021 in Cape Coral. He was born June 23, 1958 in Flint, MI to John and Dorothy VanHamlin, now deceased.

Robert VanHamlin was a Navy Veteran of the U.S.S. Independence. It was there he learned his trade of electrician and proudly honed his skills for the next 30 years. The gift of gab was not lost on this man. He was outgoing and charming; many would say he was the life of the party. Rob would strike a conversation with anyone and gladly help someone in need as taught by his Catholic faith. He showed athletic ability at a young age and earned a spot in the all-star game as catcher in his youth baseball league. Golf ultimately became his favorite sport to play and watch. His passion for the sport was passed on to his two boys. Robert was a devoted husband and loving father. He will be deeply missed, but never forgotten.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 44 years, Vesta “Diane” VanHamlin of Cape Coral; two loving sons, Jeffery VanHamlin (Kristen) of Chesterfield, MI, and Joshua VanHamlin of Cape Coral; six siblings, Mary VanHamlin Powers of Venice, FL, Skip VanHamlin (Charlotte) of Flint, Tom VanHamlin (Cindy) of Cape Coral, Bill VanHamlin (Jolynn) of Mt. Morris, MI, Dan VanHamlin (Debora) of Bellair Beach, FL, and Frank VanHamlin (Tina) of New Orleans; as well as two grandchildren, Ava VanHamlin and William VanHamlin.

Robert was preceded in death by two sisters and baby brother, Karen VanHamlin Mullenix, Laura VanHamlin, and Joseph VanHamlin.

Memorial Services will be held 3:00 PM Saturday, June 5th, 2021 at 5291 Flushing Road, Flushing, MI 48433. The family will receive friends for a time of visitation from 2:00 PM, until the time of service. Military Honors will follow at 4:00 PM.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Robert Paul VanHamlin are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 4575 Via Royale, # 110, Fort Myers, FL 33919.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Peggy Mccombs May 10, 2021 at 7:49 am

    I am sorry for your loss, Rob was such a wonderful personality, he will be missed. Love and hugs to your family.

  2. Mary Jo Gray May 10, 2021 at 11:36 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss, Rob was a great brother of my bestfriend Mary Powers. He always has a great big smiles, loves to chats and so proud of his family! He’ll be missed💔 My prayers goes out to you and your family for comfort. Hugs🤟

  3. Shelly James May 10, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    We will forever miss “Rob-Bob”! He was always the life of the party and someone you could always count on! Love Phil and Shelly James

  4. Mark Liveoak May 10, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    Even though I havent seen Bob since the Navy, He and Diane have often been in my heart and mind over the years! He was always ready to remind me that he couldnt wait until tomorrow because he got better looking everyday! We were and always will be brothers and I am so pleased that Bob and I will have eternity to visit together!

  5. Gail Vanhamlin May 10, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    I am so terribly sorry to hear this news. I will never forget the few summers I was blessed to spend July 4 with the Vanhamlin’s in Gaylord. Robbie was very funny and lovable. Thoughts and prayers for all the family.

  6. Rick Booth May 14, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    Rest in peace my friend you will be missed. Sending love and big hugs to the family.

  7. Debbie Goyett May 16, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    Rob you will be forever miss. I’ll see you in heaven . Enjoy your new heavenly home with your Love one’s and JESUS.💕

  8. Richie Moore May 17, 2021 at 8:52 am

    I’m blown away right now!!! Rob and Diane were like my second parents when I lived in Michigan. Rest in piece Rob Bob!!!

  9. Michelle Eberle Jun 2, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    We will miss you Uncle Rob. You are the sound of the birds that we hear on your front porch, the trees and flowers that continue to bloom. Your the rainbow and the colorful “H” in the sky that we saw the night of your passing. Your the brightest star in the sky that helps guide our way. We know that you will walk beside us everyday, unseen, unheard but always near, still loved, still missed each and everyday. Enjoy heaven and please say hello to our loved ones that have passed, until we see you again. We love you and miss you so much.

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