John D. Laber, 83, of Salina, Kan. died Sunday, June 9, 2013.
He was born in Longmont, graduated from Longmont High School and attended Colorado State University.
While in high school, he was active in FFA and was Colorado FFA President in 1946. He won the District Public Speaking Contest and in 1949 was awarded The American Farmer Degree.
John served in the Army from 1952-54.
John married Virginia (Schlagel) Laber in 1952 in Denver. He farmed in Longmont, Stratton and Burlington.
In 1959 he was voted Outstanding Young Farmer by the Longmont Junior Chamber of Commerce.
John and his family were active in Christ Congregational Church in Longmont, and United Methodist Churches in Stratton and Burlington.
He enjoyed singing in the church choir for many years and participated on various church boards.
John, Virginia and David moved to Salina in 1982. He drove a truck for several local companies before retiring. He is a faithful member of United Methodist Church of the Cross in Salina.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia; three children, Janice and husband, Gary Brown of Lee's Summit, Mo.; Julie and husband, Lance Ross of Cheney, Kan. and David Laber of Salina. Four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren also survive him.
The funeral service will be at Salina United Methodist Church of the Cross, Friday, June 14, 2013 at 10 a.m.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2013 with the family present from 6-7 p.m. at Ryan Mortuary.
Memorials may be made in John's honor to United Methodist Church of the Cross and may be sent to or left in care of Ryan Mortuary, 137 North Eighth Street, Salina, KS 67401.
Published in The Burlington Record on June 13, 2013