Robert Toivo Lampi

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. – Robert Toivo Lampi, 78, of Mackinaw City, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Evergreen Living Center in St. Ignace.

He was born December 13, 1934, in Negaunee.

His parents were Toivo and Johanna (nee Hill) Lampi. Mr. Lampi was proud of his Finnish descent and kept his father’s middle name in his signature, to represent his lineage.

He was graduated from Negaunee High School in 1954 and from Northern Michigan University in Marquette with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1959. He served in the U.S. Army from 1960 to 1961.

As a teacher, Mr. Lampi taught mathematics, shop and drafting in Mackinaw City, and prior to that he also taught in Ravenna. He retired June 18, 1994, but continued to teach as a substitute in Mackinaw City until he suffered a fall in 2012. Many of his local students cared for him deeply and will miss him.

He married Kathleen Maki on August 12, 1961, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Negaunee. She passed away September 7, 1994, in Mackinaw City.

He married his second wife, Susanne Thompson, on May 10, 2005, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Mackinaw City.

Mr. Lampi loved showing people the sauna that he and his friends built years ago, and he loved his dogs. He was proud of the family genealogy books that his first wife, Kathy, started and he updated in 2012. He had many cousins in Negaunee and kept in touch with them often. He spent many hours in his garden taking care of the flowers.

He is survived by his wife, Susanne; his three daughters and their families, Becky and Robert Fox of Negaunee, Candace Lampi and fiance Michael McGee of Santa Barbara, California, and Jill and Aaron Rogers of Bloomington, Indiana; three children and their families from his second marriage, Timothy and Catherine Thompson of Royal Oak, and Amy Thompson of Mackinaw City, and John Thompson and Sarah Boyce of Washington, D.C.; grandchildren Kadin and Maija Fox, Kara and Josh Rogers, Caitlin Thompson, and Conner Keiser; mother-in-law, Aili Maki of Negaunee; sister-in-laws Sandra Maki and Janice (John) Eman of Negaunee and Sharon Lampi of Gaines, along with nieces, nephews and several cousins.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald Lampi and Gordon Lampi, and an infant sister, June.

A memorial service will be Saturday, March 16, at 1 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Mackinaw City with Sister Chris Herald officiating. Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church.

Burial will be in Negaunee at a later date.