Obituary of Robert LaFollette, Jr.
Robert “Bob” M. LaFollette Jr. passed away peacefully on July 29, 2017, at the age of 88.
Born in Fort Madison, Iowa, on May 29, 1929, he was the son of the late Robert M. LaFollette and Inez Nettie Belle (Shepherd) LaFollette. Bob was the namesake of the famed Wisconsin Senator “Battling Bob” LaFollette, who visited Bob’s boyhood home and became fond of him. He was longtime resident of St. Petersburg, FL, and lived in the Killingly, CT, area from 2010 until his death. He was predeceased by his wife Sheila Rose (DeMoss) LaFollette and son Michael Cummins. He is survived by his sister Mary Ann Lorden, brother-in-law John Lorden, son Thomas LaFollette and his wife Toni-Marie LaFollette, daughter-in-law Ruth Cummins, six grandchildren and their families, several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Bob graduated from the University of Kansas, where he played football. Bob served in the United States Marine Corps where he received a good conduct medal, honorable service lapel, and WWII victory ribbon and later received a US Army commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. He worked as a NASA contractor at the Mississippi Test facility and is a noted Pass Christian, MS Hurricane Camille survivor. He retired as an Engineer from the National Marine Fisheries Service in 2007. He was an avid sports fan, especially football and tennis. He loved his pets, boating, coin collecting, and enjoyed studying computer technology. He will be missed.
Calling Hours are Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Gagnon and Costello Funeral Home, 33 Reynolds Street, Danielson, CT. Followed by A Funeral Service at 12:00 PM (Noon) at the Funeral Home. Share a memory at www.gagnonandcostellofh.com