Robert E Letherman


Robert E. Letherman passed away Wednesday Oct. 17, at IU Medical Hospital in Indianapolis, following an extended illness.
He was born March 6, 1971, to John and Dianne Letherman of Elkhart. He graduated from St. Thomas Catholic School in Elkhart and attended high school at Marmion Military Academy, Aurora, Illinois. The motto of the Benedictine Monks "Ora et Labora" (Pray and Work), became Rob's motto through life after his graduation from Marmion.
He was a lifelong member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Elkhart.
Robert attended Holy Cross College in South Bend for one year and then transferred to Notre Dame, where he had a memorable time living in Carroll Hall and working as a student athletic trainer during the Lou Holtz era.
Following graduation, Rob served as an intern at the Indiana General Assembly and briefly visited the U.S. Senate.
He then held a variety of jobs in banking and sales before joining Allan Ludwig at the Northland Corporation in 1996. At Northland, he helped manage a large number of industrial buildings, leasing of multiple incubator units and development of more than 1,000 acres of industrial property. Recently he had been heavily involved in the production of the annual RV Dealer Show and in the development of large industrial properties at Elkhart East. He was appointed president of Northland Corporation in December 2017.
Along with his brother Pete, Rob earned a CCIM Designation from the Realtors National Institute in 2000. The CCIM designation is considered the "Global Standard for Professional Achievement" in the real estate Industry.
Rob lived on the upper St. Joseph River and was actively involved in community planning and economic development, serving on the Elkhart City Plan Commission for the last 14 years.
As a bachelor, Rob was able to do things many of us only dream of. He climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in 2008 and Machu Picchu in Peru a few years later. He also tailgated at most Notre Dame home games and attended at least one away Notre Dame game every year. In addition, he took multiple trips to Europe and the western U.S. with friends and family.
Robert was preceded in death by his uncle, James Letherman; his niece, Grace Letherman; and his older brother, LTC (R) Jack Letherman.
In addition to his parents, John and Dianne Letherman, Robert leaves behind four siblings, Joseph (Elizabeth) Letherman, Peter (Suzanne) Letherman, Lisa (Jason Hemmerling) and Cathie (Nick Matuch); sister-in-law, Natasa Letherman, Kansas City, Missouri; and 14 nieces and nephews. He will be sorely missed by us all.
Friends may call at Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home, Elkhart, Monday, Oct. 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. with a Rosary at 8 p.m.
Rob's funeral will take place at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus of Notre Dame at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23.
Burial will be at St. Vincent's Cemetery, Elkhart.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Sweet Pea Foundation, P.O. Box 1293, Elkhart, IN 46515; Community Foundation of Elkhart County; or to the John and Dianne Letherman Family Financial Aid Endowment at Marmion Academy, Aurora, Illinois.
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