John (Jack) Charles LaBarge, age 90, passed away November 17, 2013, in Holland. He was born December 10, 1922, to Luta and Henry LaBarge in Chicago, Illinois. Jack graduated from Christian Brothers College in St. Louis, MO, and enlisted in the army
. He fought in Germany during World War II, receiving the Bronze Star
for bravery in the Battle of the Bulge. He always said the best and bravest soldiers were those that did not come home. In 1953, Jack married Martha Ann Preston of St. Joseph, and they made their home together in Holland. He was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church for 60 years. Jack was a sales representative in the furniture industry for over 40 years. He traveled the midwest representing LaBarge Mirrors, Colonial Clocks and many other furniture companies. As a former member of MBYC, Jack enjoyed sailing and spent many fun summers racing his Ensign on Lake Macatawa and Lake Michigan. He also liked fishing, both in Canada and on Lake Michigan, with his son-in-law, Dan. Jack was always in the bleachers at his grandchildrens' sporting events. He was a number one fan at countless football games and soccer games. Jack and his wife, Martha traveled extensively, enjoying meeting new people and seeing different parts of the world. More recently, he enjoyed lunches out with the "ROMEOS" (retired old men eating out). Jack was a good friend and a great story teller. As his short term memory faded, he could still entertain a group with old stories and poems he had recited for many years.
John is survived by his wife of 60 years, Martha; and daughters, Kathryn (Daniel) Drummond and Mary LaBarge. He is also survived by grandchildren, Jennifer (Jay) Hokanson of Ada, Jonathon Drummond of Hoboken, New Jersey, and Julia Drummond of Madison, Wisconsin; as well as seven great-grandchildren, all of Ada; and many nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, November 25, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Hope Church, 77 West 11th Street, Holland, with Father Charlie Brown of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and Reverend Jill Russell of Hope Church officiating. Burial will be in Graafschap Cemetery.
Visitation will be Sunday, November 24, from 3-6 p.m. with Wake Prayers said at 5:30 p.m. at the Mulder Chapel, Dykstra Funeral Homes, 188 W. 32nd Street, Holland.
The family would like to thank the staff at Maple Woods of Resthaven and The Inn at Freedom Village along with Hospice of Holland for their kind and compassionate care of Jack during the last few months. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Holland or St. Francis, 195 W. 13th Street, Holland. To sign an on-line registry or leave a memory please visit www.dykstrafuneralhome.com.