|(Monday - January
04, 2021) - Robert "Bob" P. Fayas, age 75, of Kingsford, passed away on
Friday, December 25, at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.
Bob was born September 20, 1945 in Iron Mountain, son of the late
George and Irene (Leppanen) Fayas. He was a lifelong resident of
Kingsford and a graduate of Kingsford High School, class of 1963.
Following graduation, he received his bachelor's degree in Business
Administration from Northern Michigan University. Bob proudly served in
the United States Army until his honorable discharge, at which time he
joined the family business, Fayas & Sons, Inc. On August 27, 1977, he
was united in marriage to Barbara Lindgren. Bob was the owner and
operator of Miller Products & Supply Company.
For those in the
community who knew him, Bob will be remembered as a fair and
kind-hearted man, a quiet philanthropist, and in later years, a wise
friend and confidant. Bob was practical, but he never chose the easiest
route; he loved a challenge from those who doubted him. He counted his
missed opportunities as failures, but failed risks were useful lessons
because "Only those who risk succeed." Friends would be reminded of this
when he said, "It's better to have tried and failed than to have never
tried at all." Bob walked his own path; no one person could define him,
and he was proud of that.
For those who loved him, Bob will be
remembered as a deeply caring father, stern but compassionate and fair.
He was a wanderer, philosopher, competitor, and an adventurer. Bob was
proud of his service as an aircraft mechanic in Europe during the Cold
War, and he continued his service through longtime membership in the
Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans,
and The Forty and Eight. An unmatched work ethic allowed Bob to build a
business and a home during the day while earning a Bachelor's of
Business Administration from NMU at night. Bob raced stockcars and
hovercrafts, flew airplanes, sailed the ocean, and mined gold in South
America. In later years he reflected upon this while watching over his
lake and tending to the wildlife which he considered his friends.
Throughout his life, Bob maintained a strong relationship with the Lord,
allowing him to receive the most joy from watching others benefit from
his hard work.
Bob never retired; his commitment to his family
wouldn't allow it. His mentorship ensured the company would succeed, and
his sacrifice ensured his loved ones would be provided for. If asked how
he could keep it up at his age, he would respond, "I just put one foot
in front of the other."
Survivors include his loving wife of 43
years, Barbara; two sons, Ryan (Victoria) Fayas and Justin (Holly) Fayas;
one daughter, Heather (David) Johnson; one brother, Marvin (Kathleen)
Fayas; two sisters, Carol (Dennis) Acotto and Marilyn (Richard) Sinelli;
and grandchildren Nicholas, Samuel, Maya, Anabelle, Joseph, and Roger.
In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by one
brother, Duane Fayas.
Visitation will be at the First Covenant
Church of Iron Mountain on Friday, January 8, from 11:00 AM until 1:00
PM, with the funeral service to follow at 1:00 PM at the church. Pastor
Kevin Sullivan will officiate. To those who attend, we kindly ask that
face masks and social distancing be observed. Burial will take place
immediately following the service in Breitung Township Cemetery in
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The family has chosen Jacobs
Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Iron Mountain to honor Bob's
legacy of life.