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April 22, 1935 May 18, 2018
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Dr. Robert G. Allbritten, 83, of Big Bay, passed away Friday morning, May 18, 2018 at U.P. Health System-Marquette.

Bob was born on April 22, 1935 in Salem, Indiana, a son of the late Gary and Frances (Hern) Allbritten and was a graduate of Peru High School in Peru, Indiana.

He went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree from Franklin College in Indiana, a Master’s Degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, a PhD from Ohio University and also received a Master of Divinity from Northern Baptist Seminary in Chicago.

Bob preached in rural Indiana for a few years and went on teach public speaking for nearly 40 years, most of which was at Northern Michigan University in the Communications and Performance Studies Department. He retired in 2005 and then became Professor Emeritus.

He was a former deacon at First Presbyterian Church in Marquette and an Elder of the Community Presbyterian Church in Big Bay. In his free time, Bob enjoyed fishing, woodworking, writing, music and sculpture. More recently he was known to spend hours in the basement with nothing being accomplished.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Marian German Allbritten of Big Bay; one son, Jeffry Allbritten of California; three step-sons, James German of Sault Ste. Marie, Timothy German of Marquette and John German (Angie Schrecengost) of Indiana, PA; six grandchildren, Kimberly Young, James German, Christopher German, Lauren German, Madison German, and Taylor Wood; two great grandchildren; one brother, John Allbritten and two sisters, Margie Kaweck and Becky Hodgin; also six nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Community Presbyterian Church, 300 Bensinger St., Big Bay, on Saturday, May 26th at 11 a.m. with Rev. Sudalak Layraman, pastor, officiating. A luncheon will immediately follow in the church hall.

Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are kindly asked to consider Community Presbyterian Church, PO Box 157, Big Bay, MI 49808 in Dr. Allbritten’s memory.

The Allbritten family encourages former students, family and friends to share memories and photos they have of Dr. Allbritten on the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home website at

As Bob would say: “You’re doin’ a great job!”

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Community Presbyterian Church

300 Bensinger St.
Big Bay, Michigan 49808

Community Presbyterian Church
300 Bensinger St. Big Bay 49808 Michigan
United States

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