Robert Joseph “Bob” Bofysil

Age 71, of Lansing, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at his home. Robert was born April 15, 1943, in Lansing, Michigan, to Joseph and Evelyn (Long) Bofysil. Robert was employed much of his life as an Automotive Sales Rep, which he thoroughly enjoyed. A large part of his life was spent setting records behind the wheel of a Top Fuel Dragster.

Survivors include his 2 sons and 1 daughter, Richard Bofysil and his wife Becki of Jackson, William Bofysil and his wife Kate of Holt, and Bridget Bofysil and her wife Sarah of East Lansing; 6 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Sandy Smith of Holt; 2 brothers, Thomas Bofysil and Gary Bofysil, both of Lansing; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Evelyn; and brothers, James and Joseph.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Monday, May 5th, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw St, Lansing, Michigan 48933, with The Rev. Stephen Ezop officiating. Burial will follow at Deepdale Memorial Gardens in Lansing. Friends may visit from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family would graciously accept donations to help with the funeral expenses.  Donations can be sent through: (under Bob Bofysil) or at the time of services.

No formal reception has been planned but a small gathering at the Airport Tavern & Steakhouse will take place immediately following services at the cemetery.

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Ron Ruppert
May 1, 2014 at 2:19 pm

I am deeply saddened by the news. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Bob was a really great guy.

Patty Farhat
May 1, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Dear Gary, Sandy and Families:

It’s not easy to say goodbye to someone you’ve known your entire life. To someone you’ve grown up with, along with brothers Gary, Jimmie and Joe. (Sandy came along a lot later…..)

Rocky, Penny and I had the best of times in the “old neighborhood”, where your mom was an extension of our mom. Where your home was an extension of ours.

They just don’t make neighborhoods like that anymore. We were blessed indeed.

We will cherish those memories and count ourselves lucky.

We shall miss yet another one of the Bofysil Boys who has gone to Heaven before us.

God bless you, Gary and Sandy and your wonderful families.

Edward Pavelick
May 1, 2014 at 7:32 pm

I’m so sorry to hear of the passing of Bob. Some of my best memories of travel on the road were with Bob. He was a great guy who lived life to its fullest. My prayers go out to his family, I know he will be missed.

Jill Waldron
May 1, 2014 at 9:24 pm

Bill and Bridget I am truly sorry for your loss. I will always remember the good times we had with Bob especially at MSU Tailgate Parties and spending time at your pool during the summer. Bob was a fun loving guy and will be missed. Love to you both.

Heather schonfeld
May 2, 2014 at 12:01 am

Since we cannot make the funeral I am sending our condolences to the Bofysil family during this time of mourning. Glad I had the privilege of meeting this wonderful man.

Tom & Mary Houser
May 4, 2014 at 9:19 am

Bill & Bridget,
We are so sad to hear about your dad. Many memories and smiles come to mind, especially the Trivial Pursuit and card games with your folks after MSU hockey games!
Bob was always quick to laugh and had a hug when you needed it. A good friend.

Prayers and love to you and your family.

Dave Pelley
May 4, 2014 at 4:11 pm

i raced with Bob for many years and had the time of my life. I have many stories to tell about our time together and all were good (and some kinda weird/ funny but we won’t talk about that! ). We are losing to many good racers lately and Bob was one of them! God bless you and your family and i know you’ll be hanging out with Ron McQueen,Ron Dyer, my Dad,and all the other racers in heaven.Thanks for the memories! Gods Speed!!!!!!
Dave Pelley @ Pelley&Pelley Racing Enterprises

susan cook
May 4, 2014 at 6:52 pm

Hello, Kate, I wanted to extend my condolences for the loss of your father-in-law. I know it’s always had to lose a family member. I bet your boys will enjoy hearing stories in the future about Grandpa Bob.

Julie Teed (Hudnut)
May 4, 2014 at 7:38 pm

I worked for Bob at Spartan Diesel and Machine, a machine shop he owned in Lansing many years ago. Bob really looked out for his employees. I also remember him as a Drag Racer. My father, Dave, was a Drag Racer too. Bob will be missed, and remembered not only as a good friend but as a fair and decent man. Rest in Peace my friend! May God Bless and be with his family during this time, and always.

David Wells
May 4, 2014 at 10:41 pm

What a many. What a life.Bob lived to the fullest. Hope to alot of Bob’s friends tomorrow.


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