Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

205 E Washington, DeWitt, MI


Robert Lawrence LaFave

September 19, 1940August 29, 2020

Robert “Bob” Lawrence LaFave. Age 79 of Lansing Michigan, born September 19, 1940, died August 29, 2020 peacefully in his home after a short battle with cancer. Bob graduated from Resurrection High School in Lansing where he met and married his high school sweetheart, Elaine (Lonier) LaFave. Bob was a committed husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend.

For 26 years, Bob was the owner of Custom Cycles Accessories in Lansing. During his time as a business owner, he enjoyed bullsh***ing with everyone that came through the door. There was always a pot of coffee brewing and a welcoming “Hello”. After retirement, his passion to be with others continued by selling eggs, honey, and maple syrup. Bob enjoyed his church family and was a faithful member of the St. John’s Student Center in East Lansing.

As a young man, he was a Big Brother and a member of the Family Motorcycle Club. For many years, he also mowed grass at St. Francis Retreat Center. While he raised his children, he was the neighborhood dad; the man with all the fun toys and fatherly advice. After moving from DeWitt to the farmhouse in Lansing, Bob continued tinkering on motorcycles and small engines. He loved to share a Coffee Royal with his friend Frank or any willing guest. He loved hunting on his property and sharing this joy with others. Bob loved a competitive card game and would make his opponents “shake in their boots”. Bob regularly donated blood and platelets for the Red Cross, totaling more than 50 gallons.

Most of all, Bob enjoyed spending time with his family. Bob’s greatest joy was his seven grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was often lovingly called Grumpy, Gramps, Big Guy, and Papa. He loved his grandchildren more than anything and the feeling was mutual.

Bob is survived by his wife, Elaine, of 60 years; daughters Maria (Steve) Peak and Lisa (Steve) Barnett, and daughter-in-law Lori LaFave; seven grandchildren Collin (Emily Luyk) Peak, Chet (Amanda) LaFave, Marissa Peak, Brek (Emma) LaFave, Jake (Katie) Barnett, Lena Peak, and Sy Barnett; two great grandchildren, Nicholas and Mabel LaFave; siblings Richard (Susie) LaFave and Mary (Tom) Barnes, and sister-in-law Patricia LaFave; plus a multitude of nieces and nephews. Bob is preceded in death by his only son, Nicholas LaFave, brother Frank LaFave, and parents Raymond and Vera LaFave.

Visitation will be held on September 2, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. prior to the Catholic Mass Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Thomas Aquinas, 955 Alton Rd, East Lansing, MI. There will be an outside luncheon gathering to celebrate Bob’s life at his home after funeral services from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The family acknowledges that current public health conditions may prevent some from attending the service in person; know that your presence is with them in spirit.

In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated for House of Ruth in Charlotte where Bob’s special friend Sean lives. Checks can be made out to House of Ruth and sent to Maria Peak at 5701 S. Stine Road, Olivet, MI 49076.


  • Collin Peak
  • Chet LaFave
  • Marissa Peak
  • Brek LaFave
  • Jacob Barnett
  • Lena Peak
  • Sy Barnett

  • House of Ruth


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 2, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, September 2, 2020


Robert Lawrence LaFave

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Beth Kelling

September 2, 2020

So many fond childhood memories... one that comes to mind right now is a visual of Bob jogging on Winding Brook road in I think some Spartan green running shorts at a time when he was vowing to get in shape. I believe I have a photo to prove it!
Thinking of you all as you gather to celebrate the wonderful life of a loving, kind and funny man. Your loss is immeasurable but have peace in your hearts knowing that you all contributed to him living his very best life. Knowing your family, I am sure there was nothing he treasured more than time spent with each of you.
Sending Love and Hugs - Beth Kelling

Dave & Shelly Cleeves

September 2, 2020

Our heartfelt condolences got to all of the family, especially to Elaine. Bob was one of a kind, he and I used to joke about being able to come into his shop, get verbally abused and go out smiling. He always was willing to lend a helping hand and more importantly was a true friend. Even in his final days he had a great sense of humor, by letting you know that when he got tired, he would send you on your way, ( with Love of course ). As all will miss him greatly, we are in that number. RIP Bob, you are in the Lords hands now and forever.

Dave and Shelly Cleeves


September 2, 2020

To the LaFave Family,

Although Regina and I did not know Bob very well, we certainly know Elaine from our wonderful times at the Lansing Bridge Center with her. We wanted to extend our sincere condolences to Elaine and to the family on the loss of Bob. Our prayers and thoughts go out to you all.

Jerry and Regina Stein

Leona thayer

September 2, 2020

I worked with Bob at St. Frances Retreat Center in Dewitt. He was a fun person to be around. I remember their house all decorated for Christmas. some of the workers came to help with the house tour they. It was beautiful a fun time for me and a great memory. My sympathy to the family Leona thayer

Ken Achterberg

September 1, 2020

Jeanette and Elaine China painted together, and because of it I made a special friend with meeting Bob while they painted. I found a guy that shared many of life's experiences, both good and not so good. He was a man of great faith that faithfully served his Lord as the hands and feet of Christ. We will truly miss our friend.
love, Ken and Jeanette Achterberg

William Benoit

September 1, 2020

always enjoyed visiting the lafaves. Bob always had a smile on his face and enjoyed laughing.

Lorraine Kevern

September 1, 2020

Our deapest sympathy to you Elaine and all your beautiful family. We love you all. God Bless

Fran Schnepp

September 1, 2020

Elaine, I'm so sorry for you and your family. I loved visiting you and Bob at your home. Bob was my brother's best friend. No matter how difficult or ridiculous the request for help, Bob would be there for him! We were all blessed to know him.

John & Debra Fortuna

August 31, 2020

Our condolences to the LaFave family. Uncle Bob was great man and Uncle he will be missed by all of us. He is in Heaven with God and Nick now. God Bless the family during this time of sorrow.

Kay Ghiardi

August 31, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. Have many found memories of Bob and Elaine’s visit to the U.P. He always had a smile on his face and enjoyed his sense of humor. You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers.


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