Kevin J. Laing
07/14/1964 - 06/08/2022
Obituary For Kevin J. Laing
Kevin J. Laing, 57 of the Stateline area, passed away Wednesday, June 8, 2022. Born July 14, 1964 in Lancaster, PA, the son of Robert B. and Darrlyn M. (Forrester) Laing.
Survived by his mother Darry Laing, brother Geoff Laing (Diane); sister Marcia Bettich (Tom); children: Sarah Robbins (Chris); Brandon Laing (Megan); Aunt and Godmother, Joette Gesner (Ryan, Joshua, Jaime); Aunt Terre Charbonneau (Tyler, Tucker, Travis); nephews Lukas and Noah Bettich; his beloved grand-children: Paisley Laing, Stella Robbins, and Foster Robbins; DeAnna, mother of his children; Michelle Kahler, his close friend and Meatball his Chihuahua. He is predeceased by his father Robert Laing, his grandparents Violet and Charles Laing, Sylvia and James Forrester, cousin Kent Gesner, grandson Watson Robbins and best friend Anthony “Tony” Rolando.
Kevin was very enthusiastic about all things cars. He was a mechanic for many years working for many local dealerships. He loved his 1964 Chevy Nova II that he restored after pulling out of the river. He spent many years at the racetrack as a Crew Chief to many others as well as driving his cars. Most recently he could be found in the role of Crew Chief helping his son, Brandon, with his Big 8 Late Model. Something that he had always hoped for was that Brandon would follow his love of cars and racing. Over the years, Kevin won many races and championships himself along with those he helped. Those accomplishments were something he was always proud of. He worked hard and always rose to the top.
Aside from his automotive passion, his grandchildren were the light of his life. A Mass will be held in private for the family. Visitation and Service are being held at Gasparini Funerals 6825 Weaver Road, Rockford, IL 61114 on Tuesday, June 14, 2022 from 3-7 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Alcoholics Anonymous (www.aa.org) or the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (www.niaaa.nih.gov).