Robert Gregory LaPrad Lansing Born June 8, 1925, in Monroe, Michigan, passed away November 5, 2009, with family by his side, at the age of 84 Bob was preceded in death by his parents William B. and Hazel LaPrad; brothers, James A. LaPrad, William B. LaPrad, John LaPrad and Herbert Laprad; sisters, Mary Donnelly and Julia Ann Zimmer; and son, Gregory Robert LaPrad. Bob is survived by his beautiful wife of 61 years, Julia M. LaPrad; daughters, Linda LaPrad (Edward), Michelle Timmer (Robert), Debra Gleeson (Timothy) and Pamela Lemke (James); and son, Scott Laprad (Vicki); 12 granchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Paula Green, Ann DiDonato, Katherine Hoard, Patricia Beck (Bob), Mickey LaPrad, and Carolyn LaPrad; and brother-in-law, Ted Zimmer. Bob was employed as an Associate Professor at Michigan State University in the college of Agriculture and Natural Resources and was an active advisor to the MSU Rowing team until his retirement in 1996. Bob was a World War II veteran having survived the initial invasion on the beaches of Normandy, France on D-Day in 1944. Bob was an active member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church and was a fourth (4th) Degree member of the Knights of Columbus council. Following his retirement from MSU bob spent his free time working for the Bishop's Council on Alcohol and Drug abuse in the Lansing area. Bob was also an active participant as a member of the National Board of Directors for the National Catholic Council on Alcohol and Drug abuse counseling, and received the Riley Award in 2009 which recognized his work, dedication and volunteerism for his efforts in the area of Alcohol and Drug abuse counseling. In his free time Bob enjoyed spending time with his friends, working in his garden, gourmet cooking, water painting and spoiling his family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved playing cards and all MSU sports and activities. Special thanks to the staff at TCI Infusion Clinic at Ingham Regional Medical Center for the love and care given to Bob during his time of need. The Funeral Mass will be at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 9, 2009 with visitation starting at 10:00 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 3815 S. Cedar, Lansing, MI with Rev. Fr. John Byers as celebrant. Visitation will be held at Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, November 8, 2009 where the Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. Memorial Gifts may be made to the Knights of Columbus or the St. Vincent DePaul.
Published in Lansing State Journal on Nov. 6, 2009.