Robert "Bob" A. Laughton
Robert “Bob” Arthur Laughton of West Branch, MI and Sun City Center, FL. Our loving and loyal husband, dad, grandpa, brother, and friend passed away at the age of 74 on July 14, 2021 at home, surrounded by his family and his sweet little dogs, Macie and Milo. Bob was born on August 30, 1946, in St. Clair Shores, Michigan to Robert and Vivian (Simler) Laughton.
Bob worked over 34 years at General Motors and retired at the early age of 52. Never one to sit idly he took a part-time job at Ace Hardware in Sun City Center, FL working during the winter months for nearly 20 years and loved helping customers with their repair needs. Bob was also a long-time member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, first the #440 Chapter in Skidway Lake and then the #813 Chapter in Ruskin, Florida and loved taking visiting family to the Chapter on the beach of Anna Maria Island, Florida.
For many years, Bob was never without his camera, taking photographs of the nature that surrounded him. He entered his photos in the Ogemaw and Iosco County Fairs where he always won many ribbons, including a Best of Show at both fairs, a few of his photos now hang in his two homes.
He loved spending winters at his home in Florida and Summers in Michigan at his cabin on Sage Lake as well as at his camper located at Warblers Cove in Lupton. He so enjoyed spending weekends at the camper with his children, family, and friends, sitting around bonfires, cookouts, and golf cart rides in the woods. He loved attending and rooting for his grandkids at their sporting events, he was so proud of all of them. Let’s not forget the rummage sales where he was always on the hunt for that one-of-a-kind item or some nifty little gadget or collectible. Bob was a role model for hard work, kindness, and family. Nothing in this world was more important to Bob than his family.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Teena (O’Dell), and his five children: Dawn (Terry) Pickvet, children, Derrick and Arynn of Cumming, GA; Brenda (Rod) Awrey, children, Jessica Herek, Nathaniel, Gregory and Joshua of West Branch; Kimberly (John) Belger, children, Colin Belger, Andrew, Emily and Katelyn Kanary of Grayling; Robert (Jodi) Laughton, children, Devin, Brady and Avery of Pinconning; Darin (Brenda) Laughton, children, Alyssa, Zoe’, Lynnzie and Riley of Clio; and step-daughter Tonya Post, children, Christian, Steven, Joshua and Grace Melon. Great-grandchildren, Pria, Penny, Joshua and Elijah Herek. Siblings, his beloved sister Donnalee Fegan, Gary Laughton and Dennis Laughton along with stepmother, Yvonne Laughton. Sister-in-law, Lisa (Mike) Davis, (Mike and Bob both belong to the Red Rag Club), brother-in-law Mike (Lou Ann) O’Dell and brother-in-law Douglas O’Dell, along with family friend, Wayne Zimmerman and many nieces and nephews. He was pre-deceased by both of his parents, Robert Laughton, Sr. and Vivian Martin, along with brother-in-law Kenneth Fegan.
Per Bob’s wishes cremation has already taken place, a private Celebration of Life will be held at his much-loved Man-Cave located at the family’s property in West Branch on a future date.
Arrangements were handled by Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch. Online condolences can be shared at www.steuernolmclaren.com.