Robert James LaPlaunt I, 81, of Bay City, our loving, fun, and outgoing husband, dad, grandpa, brother, uncle, and friend passed away on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at his home. Bob was born in Sault Ste. Marie on October 3, 1935, the son of the late Leo Joseph and Zeta (Olmstead) LaPlaunt. While at the ice skating rink, he met the former Freda Helen “Sis’ Stephens. They dated, fell in love, and were united in marriage on September 27, 1958. Bob was a proud veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954. He retired from The Stalker Corporation after 35 years of service. Bob enjoyed fishing, hunting, and most of all, cheering on the Red Wings, Tigers, and Lions. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 9023 in Brimley and a lifelong member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. Throughout life, Bob’s greatest joy was family – be it teaching his boys how to fish and hunt, and serving our country. He leaves to cherish his memory, Freda “Helen” Sis,” his beloved soul mate of nearly sixty years. Bob was the loving and supportive father of Robert James (Melody) LaPlaunt II, Gordon Scott (Cheryl) LaPlaunt, and Michael Allen LaPlaunt. His memory will live on in the hearts of his seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; siblings, Ronald LaPlaunt, Joyce LaCross, along with many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bob was welcomed home to heaven by his son, Steven Leo LaPlaunt, along with many siblings. Bob’s family will be present to receive visitors on Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 11:00 AM until the time of Bob’s 1:00 PM Tribute Ceremony at Skorupski Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 955 N. Pine Rd., Hampton Twp. Cremation will follow. Memorial contributions may be directed to the wishes of the family. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family online at www.skorupskis.com.