2017-10-26 / Obituaries

Delbert ‘Del’ LaPine


Delbert LaPine Delbert LaPine Delbert Lawrence “Del” LaPine, 68, of Beaver Grove, passed away Tuesday evening, October 17, 2017, at his home, in the care of his family.

He was born January 4, 1949, to John and NaDeanne (nee Luckett) LaPine on Mackinac Island.

Mr. LaPine grew up on Mackinac Island. At the age of 15, he and his mother moved to Marquette, where he was employed in a variety of jobs, eventually turning his interests to the construction trades. He enrolled in a welding course at the Jacobetti Skill Center, earning his certification. His working career was in construction through the Construction and General Laborers Local Union 1329. He was employed with Menze Construction, and then, for many years, with Gundlach Champion, from which he retired at the age of 50 because of ill health.

He married Nancy Vollick September 15, 1990, in the Presbyterian chapel in Sault Ste. Marie.

Mr. LaPine was a member of Union Local 1329. He was also a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.

He possessed a great work ethic, his family said, and he was strongwilled, determined, and could, at times, be stubborn. He was a kind and generous man, who was always willing to lend a helping hand. In his younger years he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and being out in the woods. He loved animals and fed the chipmunks and birds that frequented his yard, so much so that they often ate out of his hand and climbed on his clothing. Mr. LaPine was an enthusiastic Green Bay Packers fan and enjoyed watching the games with his best friend, Bob Durand, even though his children and grandchildren were diehard Detroit Lions supporters. Mr. LaPine’s greatest joy and fulfillment came from his grandchildren. He loved mentoring them on the things he learned and enjoyed in life. The model “grandpa,” he built a playhouse for his grandchildren and made trails in the winter so he could pull the little ones on a sled. He was always interested in their activities and enjoyed their company.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Nancy LaPine; children and their families, Larry LaPine of Wisconsin, Lynn LaPine of Gladstone, Brad LaPine, Delbert Lee LaPine, and Melissa and Glen Alexander, all of Marquette, Eric and Jessica LaPine of Negaunee, and Angela and Daniel Keranen of Dollar Bay, and grandchildren, Lindsea, Brittany, Christopher, Katelyn, Chelsea, Logan, Austin, Hanna, Nora, Emerson, Tommy, Harley, Scotty, Mason, and Tatum. He is also survived by a brother and his family, Frank and Sheila LaPine of Gladstone; a sister and her family, Ada Chambers of St. Ignace; a sister in-law and her family, Susie LaPine of Perkins; numerous nieces and nephews, among them a special nephew and godson, John LaPine, and John’s children, Skylar and Dayne; his mother-in-law, Leitha Vollick; a brother-in-law and his family, Todd and Mary Beth Vollick, and a sister-in-law, Linda Scexnader, all of Sault Ste. Marie.

In addition to his parents, Mr. LaPine was preceded in death by two brothers, Dean LaPine and John LaPine; a sister, Ruthie Snyder; a brother-in-law, Bud Chambers; his father-in-law, Howard Vollick; a brother-in-law, Steven Vollick, and Bob Durand.

Services were held Tuesday, October 24, at 1 p.m. at the First United Presbyterian Church in Sault Ste. Marie with Reverend Mark Gabbard and Reverend David Henderson officiating. Visitation was from noon to time of the service at the church. A reception followed in the church fellowship hall.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family.

Interment will be in Riverside Cemetery at a later date.

Fassbender Funeral Home in Marquette assisted the family with arrangements.

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