Robert Lavon "Bob" Laramee (1936 - 2017)

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Robert Lavon "Bob" Laramee, 80, of Clinton, passed away at 8:02 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur.
Services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church in Clinton, with the Rev. David Dunlop officiating. Burial will follow in Laenna Cemetery in Chestnut. Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday at Calvert Funeral Home in Clinton. Due to Bob's commitment to being a faithful servant of the Lord, in lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Christ Lutheran Church in Clinton or St. Mary's Hospital in Decatur. Online condolences can be expressed at
Mr. Laramee was born on Dec. 29, 1936, in Lincoln, the son of Ed and Verna (Carlson) Laramee. He married Janice Armstrong on June 30, 1957, at First Christian Church in Clinton, after a longer courtship than Bob cared for. They were happily married and committed to marriage for 59½ years and were expected to celebrate many additional years together.
After graduating high school with the last class attending Kenney High School in 1955, Bob was employed as a layout developer for Caterpillar in Decatur for 30 years. In addition, he was a long-time farmer and Chester White swine producer and showman within DeWitt County, where he was a lifetime resident.
Bob was a compassionate, hard-working, generous and faithful husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed fishing, chasing a little white ball around the golf course with his buddies, hunting, boating, and playing cards with friends and at family gatherings, but most of all, he was most proud of his grandchildren and often boasted to his friends.
He was an avid Illini and Cubs fan – no matter their record; he also traveled many miles following his grandsons and cheering them in their many sports activities. He was very proud of each of his grandchildren and was known as "Grandpa Bob" by his great-grandchildren who loved and cared for him deeply.
Bob was a member of the DeWitt County Farm Bureau, Fire Protection Board, Clinton Country Club and Christ Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife; sons, Michael (Lori) Laramee of Ft. Worth, Texas, Alan (Cindy) Laramee of Vandalia, and Roger (Tim) Laramee of Champaign; daughter, Margo (Ed) Hodges of Delavan; grandchildren, Hanna (Gus) Schmillen, Blythe (Nathaniel) Bergstrom, Dillon Hodges, Sam Hodges and Charlie Hodges; great-grandchildren, McKay and Westin Bergstrom; and a sister, Kathy (Marlin) Ross of Lincoln.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Duane Laramee; and twin brothers, Ronald and Arnold.

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Published in The Leader-Union from Feb. 5 to Feb. 15, 2017
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