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“I was so sad to hear that Uncle Kenny had passed away. I wish I had seen him again before that time...it had been a long time ago when I saw him...Read More »
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“To the Lafayette Family, I am so sorry to hear about Ken's passing. He was such an interesting and kind hearted person and will be missed by many....Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Sari Brindel

“I extend my deepest condolences as well as Julie stated above so well. Your In my thoughts as you grieve your Dad. ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: Sue Rivard Christensen

“To the Lafayette Family,Extending to your family this heartfelt assurance of deep sympathy.With our deepest condolences,The Marquette Area Public...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: MAPS

“I am so sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers are with you ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Peggy Sager

“Todd, though I did not know your father, I know you and Debbie. My heart goes out the all of you. Whether a blessing or a surprise, it is NEVER...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Annette Olander

“Dear Etta Jo, Allan, Todd, Gregg, Jason and families. We are so sorry for the loss you are experiencing. Ken was one of a kind; a caring son to his...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Dolores LaFayette

“i have wonderful memories of Ken and have always enjoyed hearing his stories, seeing his collections, enjoying his laugh and sharing in his families...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Sandy Enright-Nadeau


Kenneth D. LaFayette, 82 of Marquette, died peacefully, Wednesday morning, September 7, 2016 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans. Ken was born on March, 7, 1934 in Marquette, a son of the late Louis and Ida (Johnson) LaFayette and was a lifelong area resident. He was a 1952 graduate of Graveraet High School. Ken proudly served his country with the U.S. Army from 1954-56 during the end of the Korean Conflict. After his military service, he was employed for 32 years with Upper Peninsula Power Company, retiring as a dispatcher in 1996. Ken published two books, "Michigan Flaming Brands" and "The Way of the Pines." He was an antique car buff, donating one of his jeeps to the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee where he was a board member for many years. He was a member of American Legion Post #44 and St. Michael Catholic Church. Ken was a former member of the Pasty Club. Survivors include his wife, Etta Jo LaFayette of Marquette; four sons, Allan L. (Cami) LaFayette of Marquette, Todd C. (Deborah) LaFayette of Ishpeming, Gregory D. (Debora) LaFayette DDS of Manistique, and Jason E. (Blythe) LaFayette of Marquette; four step-children, Bruce W. Kobie of Virginia Beach, VA, James R. (Yvonne) Kobie of Big Bay, Daryl J. (Louise) Kobie of AuTrain, and Marianne (David) Brugman of Marquette; grandchildren, Denielle LaFayette, Nicholas (Jennifer) LaFayette, Alycia (T.J.) Witherspoon, Katy LaFayette, Andrew (Cassie) Johnson, Joseph (Kara) LaFayette, Gabrielle LaFayette, Alexander LaFayette; step-grandchildren, Matt Tebo, Nathan (Samantha) Tebo, Tamara (Paul) Andersen, Tiffany (Paul) Sumption, Tiffany (Kyle) Pearce, Janelle (Luis) Sierra, Jessica (Todd) Weninger, Bryan (Julie) Kobie, Kristin Brugman, Kaitlyn (Nate Tiefenbach) Brugman, Luke Brugman; many great grandchildren; also a sister-in-law, Dolores LaFayette as well as many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death besides his parents was his first wife, Janice (Hawes) LaFayette on July 26, 1997; one step-grandson, Adam Kobie; four brothers, Edward, Raymond, Wesley and John LaFayette. The family will greet relatives and friends on Friday, September 9th from 11 a.m. until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. in St. Michael Catholic Church with the Rev. Brandon Oman officiating. Burial will take place in the Holy Cross Cemetery. Ken's sons will act as his escorts. A luncheon will take place immediately following the Mass in the Parish Center. Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy are kindly asked to consider the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans Memory Care Center. The Canale-Tonella Funeral Home is assisting the LaFayette family where memories may be shared at canalefuneral.com