TILTON — Robert A. LaPlante Sr., 72, a resident of the Lochmere section of Tilton died at his home, Friday, August 30, 2013 following a period of failing health. He was born in Franklin, August 19, 1941, son of Albert L. LaPlante and Annie M. (Tilton) LaPlante. Bob spent his youth in Tilton and attended Tilton-Northfield Schools. He served with the U. S. Marine Corp. Bob had resided in the Northfield- Tilton areas for most of his life. He retired in 1998 as a lead man following 24 years of employment with the Arwood/Wyman-Gordon Corporation in Northfield. He enjoyed watching and feeding the deer in his back yard and keeping the bird feeders full. He always looked forward to spending time with family and friends at the family campsite in Orford, where he often defended his horseshoe playing reputation. Bob was a parishioner of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Tilton.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a brother, Albert W. LaPlante.
He leaves, his wife of 53 years, Emily E. (Taylor) LaPlante of Tilton; sons: Robert A. LaPlante Jr. and his wife Terri of Franklin, Dwayne L. LaPlante and his wife Cathy of Tilton, Albert L. LaPlante and his wife Traci of Tilton; daughters: Anne E. Sydney and her husband Rob of Belmont, Wendy Jo Hill of Tilton; 14 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; brother Errol W. LaPlante of Belmont; sisters: Alice T. Goupil of Laconia, Patricia A. Mayo of Penacook; numerous nieces and nephews.
According to Bob's wishes, there are no calling hours planned. A graveside service with be held Friday, September 6 at 2 p.m. in St. John Cemetery in Tilton with military honors and burial following.
Arrangements are under the care of the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home of Tilton.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Robert's name to the Tilton Senior Center, C/O Tilton Town Hall, 257 Main Street, Tilton, NH 03276.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com