PERU - Randall Alfred "Randy" LaPan, beloved husband, father and grandfather ("Poppo"), passed away at age 67 Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.
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He was born in Springfield, Mass., on Sept. 28, 1945, the son of Alfred and Fay (Codere) LaPan.
Randy was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard, having served from 1962 until his honorable discharge in 1966. During his service, he was awarded the Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Authorized Vietnam Service Medal.
Randy was a truck driver having worked for many companies, including Cyr, Brown's, Prouty & Sons, Merrill's and Chaves. He did road maintanence for the towns of Windham and Stratton, drove the Bromley/Stratton shuttle bus, and was a groomer for Stratton. He retired a well-known and loved school bus driver at Flood Brook Elementary School, after 12 years.
Randy was the founder of the Flood Brook Athletic Association where he served as the president for 10 years. He was also a member of FOE-Fraternal Order of Eagles and Teamsters. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 67 Chester, DAV Springfield John Blake Chapter 15, VFW Manchester and NRA.
He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Kelen (Davis) LaPan of Peru; two sons, Zachariah A. LaPan and Jeremy R. LaPan; his uncle, Bob LaPan of Andalusia, Ala.; his brother, Jon LaPan of Ladera, Calif.; five sisters, Arlene Mills of Londonderry, Debra Fugatt of Southbridge, Mass., Pam Korzec of Springfield, Mass., Robin Perreault of Chicopee, Mass., and Jackie Shadle of Middleway, W.Va.; daughters-in-law Heather Farrar and Amanda Kehoe; two granddaughters, Alyza and Mariah LaPan; step-granddaughter Kylie Kehoe, step-grandson Malichai Thibeault; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at the Peru Congregational Church. Visitation will take place from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at noon. Following the service, friends are invited to a potluck reception at the Eagles Club in Manchester.
A graveside committal service with military honors will take place in the North Cemetery, Peru, at a time to be announced in the spring.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Flood Brook School Athletic Association or the Mountain Valley Health Clinic, Londonderry, Vt.
Arrangements for cremation services are being provided by the Adams Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Chester, Vt.
Published in Rutland Herald from Feb. 22 to Feb. 23, 2013