Robert Sidney “Bob” Lefley III, 87, died peacefully at his home in Holland, Michigan on May 13, 2018. Born and raised in River Forest, he was the only child of Robert and Edna Lefley. A graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering at Purdue University. While at Purdue, Bob was an active member of the Indiana Delta Chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. He was a member of the United Methodist Church in River Forest and, during the most recent years, he was an active member of the Community Church in Douglas, Michigan.
Bob Lefley is survived by his wife of 65 years, Annette Weaver Lefley; his daughter, Christine D. Lefley and husband Jack Junewick (granddaughter Elaney Katsafanas, great-grandson Liam Hasselman); his sons, Robert S. Lefley IV and wife Cindy Lefley (grandson Robert S. Lefley V and wife Meredith, granddaughter Jenna Lefley), David W. Lefley (grandsons Jason Lefley, Benjamin Lefley, granddaughter Emma Lefley), William W. Lefley and wife Toni McCormick Britz-Lefley (grandsons Caleb Lefley, Christian Lefley, granddaughters Kelsey Lefley, Molly Britz, grandson Peter Joseph Britz and wife Shanon Britz; great-grandson Peter Charles Britz II); and sister-in-law Desiree Heussy and husband Peter.
A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Aug. 4 at the Community Church of Douglas, 6780 E. Wiley Road, Douglas, Michigan with Dr. Dan Miller and Pastor Jeff Messner officiating. In a private ceremony with his family, Bob’s cremated remains will be buried in the Memorial Gardens of this church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Bob’s memory may be directed to the Community Church of Douglas or the Saugatuck Yacht Club Sailing Program, P.O. Box 178, Saugatuck, MI 49453. Alternative memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.