Robert Kimmel Laraway, 94, of Naubinway, died Wednesday afternoon June 10, 2020 at Mackinac Straits
Hospital in St. Ignace surrounded by his loving family. Born June 2, 1926 in Martin, son of the late David and Lottie (Kimmel) Laraway, Robert was a graduate of Martin High School and a graduate of Michigan State University receiving a Masters in Arts in Education. Robert honorably served in the United States Navy during World War II until his discharge. Throughout his lifetime, Robert was employed with the State of Michigan retiring February 24, 1983 as Supervisor of Health Care Services in the Standards and Licensing Division after 30 years of service. A resident of Naubinway since 1991, he was a member of the Hiawatha Sportsman’s Club, member of the American Legion Post #290 and member of the Engadine/ Naubinway Lions Club, Robert was an avid outdoorsman enjoying fly fishing for trout, tying flies, travelling and was an accomplished woodworker. In addition to his parents,
Robert is preceded in death by his brother Russell and sister-in-law Edith. Survivors include his loving wife, the former Margaret Westley of Naubinway, whom he married December 13, 1973 in East Lansing; children Daniel J. Laraway and Fredric M. (Ellen) Laraway all of Phoenix, AZ and Vance (Linda) Hill of Wayland, MI; grandchildren Brent, Monique, Angie, Renee, Erika, Brian and Daren; several great-grandchildren; niece Sylvia Laraway and companion dog “Buddy” the Black Lab. Per his request, cremation services were accorded with no public services scheduled. A family gathering celebrating the life of Robert will take place at a later date.
The family wishes to extend their great appreciation to the Acute Care Department, Emergency Room Physicians and Nursing Care Staff of Mackinac Straits Health System for the care provided. Condolences may be expressed at http://www.beaulieufuneralhome.com. Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.