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David LaForge

NEW HOLLAND-David LaForge, 86, of Lincoln, formerly of New Holland died at 6:55 p.m. on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at St. Clara's Manor, Lincoln.

David was born May 16, 1926 in New Holland, Illinois, the son of William and Bertha LaForge. He married Ann Barclay in Peoria, IL on June 18, 1950. She preceded him in death.

David is survived by three children: Pam Fox of Peoria, IL; Grant (Kathi) LaForge of New Holland on the home farm; Kevin (Kimberly) LaForge of Powell, TX; five grandchildren and seven great grand children; a sister Eleanor (Bill) Crum of Hendersonville, NC; twin brothers William, of Lincoln and Wayne (Pat) LaForge of New Holland; David is preceded in death by his sister, Margaret Parr and one great grandson.

David served in World War II and was attached to Headquarters U.S. Forces in Austria until being discharged in February 1947.

David started farming in 1948 and farmed for over 40 years. He was co-sponsor of the Sheridan Township Goodwill Fund, and was a 50 year member of the Legion Porter Bell Post #715 of which he served as commander.

David was very active in New Holland and was the first one in the area to farm no-till. He was a member of Soil Saver and Farm Bureau. He also was the past chairman of the Logan County Extension Council. He started the New Holland Rescue Squad with his wife, Ann, and they both ran it for 10 years until moving to Lincoln.

Upon retirement, David kept busy working for the Lincoln Food Pantry, volunteered at the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, LAMBS chorale, the Red Cross Blood Bank, Junior Golf, and was director of Community Concerts as well as the president of the Oasis Senior Center. He was past exalted ruler of Lincoln Elks #914.

As to David's hobbies, he lists them as traveling (not just in the states but to visit other cultures), refinishing furniture and golfing.

David was a member of the Baha'i Faith, which encompasses all of the world's nine revealed religions, has a North American temple in Wilmette and its World Headquarters in Haifa, Israel.

Funeral services will be held at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home, Lincoln, at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday December 26, 2012 with Mary Anne Crenshaw and Katy Crenshaw, Readers officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Richmond Grove Cemetery, New Holland. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oasis Senior Center.

Published in The Lincoln Courier on Dec. 26, 2012
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