In his 24 years of life, John expressed his passion for the outdoors and beauty of Benzie County.
The endowment in his memory was established in 1993, allowing his spirit to live on through grants supporting environmental education in Benzie County communities and preserving his passion for generations to come.
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This scholarship supports enrolled college students from Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, or Leelanau County that are pursuing a degree in architecture.
The Robert “Robbie” Detwiler Memorial Scholarship Endowment was started to help young, hardworking students achieve their goals in the pursuit of a career in Architecture.
This endowment is in honor of Robbie’s dedicated pursuit of becoming a licensed Architect, his kind and generous spirit and to help others achieve the goal he so intensely pursued until his passing in February of 2017. A scholarship will be awarded annually to a qualifying student working towards a career in Architecture, with a hardworking attitude, and an appreciation for life and community.
Robbie’s life ended short of his 35th birthday, an aggressive form of cancer took him quickly. He faced his diagnosis and treatment with focus, humility, and grace. His family, friends, coworkers, and network of acquaintances struggle to accept the loss of him, but now attempt to honor his memory in ways worthy of the man he was while he was with us.
Many people, communities and experiences helped to shape Robbie into the man that he became but it was his true spirit that allowed him to pass all those lessons learned to anyone who was lucky enough to know him. Robbie left an impact on all who met him, he was a kind and polite young man, a good friend, a hardworking employee, a loving son, brother, husband, and a bright light in our world. Those who knew Robbie are left with many memories, memories that they will preciously hold in their hearts, share generously with the community, and continue to honor with lives inspired by him.
In addition to Architecture, Robbie’s other passions included golf, his friends, family, his dog, his new wife of two years and a son he was able to meet via ultrasound.
We want to honor Robbie, his memory, the kind person he was and remained until his last days and share his passion for Architecture and his spirit of Kindness and love with others.