Douglas M. Bobo / June 29, 1930 – Dec. 8, 2009

Published 10:38am Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Douglas M. Bobo. 79, of Hilton Head Island, S.C. died peacefully Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009.  Doug was born in Hersey, Mich. June 29, 1930, the son of Thomas and Mable Bobo, the youngest of five children who all preceded him in death.

He graduated from Michigan State University in 1952 where he played offensive end for two national championship football teams. While at MSU Doug became member of the Sigma Nu fraternity. He married his Chi Omega sweetheart Jean M. Peck after graduation Dec. 20, 1952. The newlyweds moved to Fort Gordon in Augusta, Ga., where Doug served as recreation officer for the Army Post.

Doug became employed by QSP, a division of Reader’s Digest, moving to Buchanan, where he and Jean resided for 30 years. All three of their children were raised in Buchanan. During the summer months they owned and operated Camp Easton for Boys for 14 years in Ely, Minn.

After selling the boy’s camp they became owner/operators of Brookwood Golf Course in Buchanan.

After retirement Doug and Jean moved to Hilton Head Island. During the summer months the Bobos returned to Ely, accomplishing their life-long dream of building a hand-hewn log cabin on Little Long Lake and enjoying summers with family and friends.

Doug will be remembered by family and friends for his courageous attitude in the face of difficult circumstances. His sense of humor, positive attitude and leadership qualities left a memorable imprint on many lives. Doug was even honored in his hometown of Reed City with his own Doug Bobo Day. In his later years, Doug kept in touch with many friends and family via email and phone calls. He will be deeply missed by all.

Doug is survived by his wife, Jean, of 57 years; three children, son Richard Bobo, of Troy, Mich., and twin daughters, Lynn Chiodo, of Third Lake, Ill. and Karen Belcher, of Marble Hill, Mo.; grandchildren, Grace and Jenny Bobo, D.J. and Tara Belcher and the late Kevin Chiodo.

Per Doug’s request, no public viewing will be held but a memorial service was held in his honor Monday, Dec.14, 2009 at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church at 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, S.C. 29928, (843) 681-3696.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church. An online memorial fund will be created in Doug Bobo’s name on the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Web site at

The Island Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

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