IRON MOUNTAIN - Gene "Beany" LaFave, 51, of Iron Mountain, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012.
He was born on April 27, 1961, in Iron Mountain, son of Gilbert "Gibby" LaFave and Barbara Poupore. He attended the Kingsford schools, graduating from Kingsford High School in 1979. He then went on to attend Grand Valley State University.
He was a lifelong resident of the area. Beany married Ramona "Mona" Pilon on March 1, 1980, at the Immanuel Baptist Church in Iron Mountain, and had been happily married for more than 32 years.
He was a self-employed builder and entrepreneur. He had his hands in many things, and was always busy. Gene was a faithful and active member of the Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, where he served as an usher.
He was the former president of the Men's Local Softball League. He enjoyed playing basketball, softball, throwing horseshoes, and camping. He loved spending time with family and friends hunting and fishing at his camp in Northland.
He was preceded in death by his father in-law, Robert Pilon; grandparents Francis Beauchamp, Joseph and Margaret LaFave; an uncle, Rick Beauchamp.
Beany is survived by his loving wife, Ramona "Mona" LaFave of Iron Mountain; his sons, Bradley LaFave and fianc, Britany of Iron Mountain, Adam LaFave of Gwinn, and Gabriel LaFave of Iron Mountain; his grandchildren, Courtney, Caiden and Carter LaFave; his father, Gilbert "Gibby" LaFave of Iron Mountain; his mother and stepfather, Barbara (Robert "Nort") Poupore of Quinnesec; mother in-law, JoAnn Pilon of Kingsford; brothers and sisters, Joseph (BJ) LaFave of Iron Mountain, James LaFave of Capistrano, Calif., Heather (Tom) Poupore-King of San Francisco, Calif., Gilbert "Gibby" (Crystal) LaFave of Iron Mountain, Lacy LaFave of Marquette; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jennifer (Michael) Carlson of Ishpeming, George (Stacie Whitley) Pilon of Kingsford; He is further survived by many special aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation is scheduled for Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain.
The funeral service will follow Sunday at 5 p.m. at the church. Rev. Stephen Cowen will officiate.
Burial will be in the Quinnesec Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in his memory.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Gene "Beany" LaFave online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com .
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.