Robert Ketteman, known to countless Kalamazooans from his eponymous restaurant "Taco Bob's, has died at the age of 60.

 

In a Facebook posting,

Friends and family of Taco Bob’s, we are deeply saddened to share news of the passing of a legend in our community. This past weekend, Robert “Taco Bob” Ketteman passed on. For over 30 years, Bob grew his legacy not only through his beautiful family and their restaurants, but by teaching and sharing his signature Taco Bob’s Attitude of success through intentional positivity and joy, he was able to inspire in our community of thousands a better day, a better view, and a better life one smile and one taco at a time. The Taco Bob’s Attitude lives on in our restaurants and in you, our community. Thank you, Bob. We love you.

According to an MLive story, Ketteman and wife Nancy Ketteman started in the taco business in 1985, and opened the first Taco Bob's in 1988. There are now six location around the greater Kalamazoo area.

The reaction to the Facebook post remembers a man who was kind and friendly. This is just a small sample:

"He was such a wonderful man. I loved talking to him. I remember when the store they opened downtown was just on the street, so small only two people could fit in it. He had a wonderful personality and always made everyone smile. You will be dearly missed."

"Kalamazoo will not be the same without you Bob. I’m so glad I got to know you and share some laughs. You always made your customer’s days better just by seeing you."

"Bob was always upbeat, positive and generous! Always had a smile and a “hello!” for me whenever I saw him. He’ll be missed by the downtown business community."