Robert “Bob” Proud, 1946-2020


Robert “Bob” D. Proud, 74, of La Porte, Ind., passed away peacefully at 10:50 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, at Northwest Health – La Porte.

He was born Sept. 3, 1946, in South Bend, Ind. His grandparents, William J. and Claris P. Proud, raised him.

Bob honorably served his country in the United States Army. He was a former police officer for the Michigan City Police Department as well as a security officer at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City. Bob was an avid sports fan, especially of the White Sox and the Raiders. He lived for caring for his wife, Ila.

On Sept. 20, 1992, in Elm City, N.C., he married Ila Jean (Koepke) Proud, who survives.

Also surviving are his four step-children, Cindi (Al) Anderson of La Porte, Donna (Gary) Huddleston of Columbia, Miss., Judi (Brian) Dreibelbis of Argos, Ind., and Dennis Koepke of La Porte; 11 grandchildren, John (Marie) Sechrest, Lisa (Shannon) List, Tonya Shaffer, Nikki, Tiffany and Cody Dreibelbis, Steve Koepke, Crystal Gilroy, Dennis Koepke Jr., Brandon Koepke, and Angie Koloj; numerous great-grandchildren; and one close friend, Howard Conley of La Porte.

His grandparents preceded him in death.

Cremation will take place. A graveside service will be held at noon, Friday, Dec. 18, at Springville Cemetery, La Porte, with Priestess Tonya Shaffer officiating. Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory, La Porte, is handling arrangements.

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3 Responses to “Robert “Bob” Proud, 1946-2020”

  1. Susan-Walmart Pharmacy

    Dec 04. 2020

    RIP Mr. Proud. He was such a sweet man all the time. I knew his voice as soon as he called. I will miss his smile😢

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  2. Gertrude Manda

    Dec 05. 2020

    My condolences to the family MHSRIP ,

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  3. Jean Manda

    Dec 05. 2020

    My condolences Bob my family met you at the apartments in Laporte and you were the first person we met when we moved who was welcoming. MYSRIP.

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