CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Raymond Robert "Bob" LaJeunesse, age 81, of Chocolay Township, entered eternal life Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans, in the loving and comforting care of his family.
Bob was born March 19, 1932 to Treffle and Laura (Gutzman) LaJeunesse and was raised in Marquette. After leaving school at the age of 16, Bob began working for his father hauling logs. Shortly after Bob enlisted in the United States Army in 1952, his father passed unexpectedly, which caused Bob to return home early to help his mother. On August 14, 1954, Bob married the love of his life, Dorothy Turenne, and they would have celebrated 59 years in August. Bob owned and operated LaJeunesse Trucking and Excavating, for over 35 years, retiring in 2004 and turning the business over to his son. Bob enjoyed working on and driving classic cars. He was a member of the "Pasty Crew Car Club" and Antique V8 Club, was a member of the Chocolay Lions Club, the Chocolay Area Business Association, as well as belonging to Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marquette. Bob was a real family man, in addition to adopting and raising his own children, he helped care for and raise many children over the years, from foster children to nieces, nephews, neighborhood children and everyone in between. There wasn't a child that didn't spend time with him on a tractor or in an old car. Kids were the light of his life, not forgetting his grandchildren, who meant the world to him.
Bob is survived by his wife of almost 59 years, Dorothy; a daughter, Lori Aldrich; a son, Bob (Kathy) LaJeunesse, Jr.; his grandchildren, Anna Aldrich (Lowell Miller), Laura LaJeunesse and Nick LaJeunesse; his sisters, Gert Lantto and Pat (Louis) Paris; and a special cousin, Jim Gutzman.
Bob was preceded in death by his sisters, Ruth Murray and Jean St. Onge; and foster brothers, Jack Boiler and Donny Swanson.
The family will receive relatives and friends at the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marquette, on Saturday, July 20, from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at 12:00 noon. Rev. Steve Hulke, pastor, will officiate. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1700 West Fair Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855. The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family where condolences may be expressed online at fassbenderfuneralhome.com.