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Robert L. "Bob" LaFollette, 73, of Fairmont, passed away on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Bob was born
May 28, 1943 in Fairmont, WV, son of the late Robert Marion LaFollette and Madalyn Layman LaFollette.
Bob grew up in Fairmont, WV, and attended the local elementary school. Thereafter, Bob graduated
from Mercersburg Academy in Mercersburg, PA, Class of 1962. He continued his education at Otterbein
University in Westerville, Ohio, earning his degree in 1966. It was while attending Otterbein University
that Bob met his wife of 49 years, Carol Ann LaFollette.
Upon graduating from Otterbein College, Bob served a 4-year ROTC commission as a Captain in the U.S.
Air Force. Thereafter, Bob returned to Fairmont with Carol and their eldest son, to raise his family and
ultimately to own and helm Jacobs and Hutchinson Hardware Company.
It was not Bob's way to publicize his generosity and the many ways he beneficially affected the
community in which he lived for most of his life. Without betraying his wishes, let this allusion stark' as
a silent tribute to the very best of him.
Bob is survived by his wife, Carol Ann LaFollette; his children, Jean-Paul "JP" LaFollette, Robert C. "Rob"
LaFollette and Aimee A. LaFollette. Bob also leaves behind his daughters-in-law, Courtney LaFollette
and Heather LaFollette, married to JP and Rob respectively; and his grandchildren, Madeleine and Claudia
LaFollette (daughters of JP and Courtney LaFollette) and Michael Wilson (son of Aimee LaFollette). (AI
In accordance with Bob's wishes, no visitation or services will be held. Interment will be for immediate
family only.
Bob will be remembered for the many valuable lessons he imparted to us all, including the value of hard
work, appreciation of a job well done and the many qualities needed to continue and build a family run
business. He was loved and will be truly missed.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.carpenterandford.com.
Published on January 12, 2017
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