Sunday, July 26, 2009

Dr. Robert H. Chase 2001 Grand Traverse

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Dr. Robert H. Chase
Died July 23, 2001
TRAVERSE CITY - Dr. Robert H. Chase, 77, died Monday at Munson Medical Center after a brief illness. Born Oct. 30, 1923, in Evansville, Ind., he was the son of John R. and Hildegarde (Moutoux) Chase.
Dr. Chase was a dentist for 54 years, most of those years in Traverse City. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and as a Lieutenant JG, he served his country honorably during World War II and Korea in his field of Dentistry. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church; Knights of Columbus; President of Immaculate Conception PTA; Traverse City Kiwanis Club, where he was one of the founders of the Rotary-Kiwanis Ryder Cup golf matches; a former member of the Lions Club; past president of the Resort District Dental Society and a member of the American Dental Association; Fellow of the American College of Dentistry; Fellow of the International College of General Dentistry; Fellow of American College of General Dentistry; former member of the Michigan State Board of Dental Examiners; a member of the Board of Trustees for Northwestern Michigan College; former member and past president of Grand Traverse Area Right to Life; former Traverse City Mayor and Commissioner in the 60s; and founder and chairman of the Carmelite Golf Tournament, now the Chase-Carmelite Golf Tournament in honor of Dr. Chase. He was also very active and a passionate member of the Parents Television Counsel. A member of the Traverse City Golf and Country Club and was an avid golfer, Dr. Chase also enjoyed playing golf in many different countries. He enjoyed traveling, snow skiing, scuba diving, photography, music, especially singing in his church choir, was an avid reader, and had a deep appreciation for the arts. He believed in life-long education in his profession and in his hobbies.

Survivors include his wife, the former Marian "Tink" Frederico; children, Sue Holthaus of St. Paul, Minn., Claudia (Denny) Calus of Broomfield, Colo., Terese Soliman of Charleston, S.C., Brigid (Jerry Kesler) Chase of St. Paul, Minn., Heidi (Kris) Skogen of Alabama; brother, Jack (Gaynelle) Chase of Palm Desert, Calif.; sisters, Irene (Robert) LeBlanc of Los Angeles, Calif., and Anne F. Sanregret of Los Alamotios, Calif.; 13 step-children, Tom Lane, Mike Lane, Bob Lane, Dick Lane, Bill Lane, Jack Lane, Katie Karczewski, Janice Lane Burton, and Julie Leep, Mike Wildman, Liz Wildman, Rick Wildman and George Wildman; 13 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; many step-grand-children; and his pet "Joy."

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, the former Geraldine Campbell in 1970; second wife, the former Betty E. Krause in 1997; a brother, Paul Chase; and a sister, Mary Ford.

Friends may call at the Immaculate Conception Church in Traverse City on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m., where a Rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church on Friday at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Father James Hayden serving as celebrant. Burial will be in Oakwood Catholic Diocesan Cemetery. In remembrance, memorial contributions may be directed to the Carmelite Monastery or Northwestern Michigan College. Arrangements are being handled by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City.

Traverse City Record-Eagle Newspaper