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Earl "Buck" "Duke" Jr.
Earl "Buck" "Duke" LaPlante, 65, of Temperance, MI, died Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at Flower Hospital. Born May 2, 1948, in Toledo, OH, he was son of Earl J.
and Johanna (LaPointe) LaPlante Sr. A 1966 graduate of Bedford High School, he served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He married Faye A. Reinhart on February 5, 1972. Earl was employed by Chrysler (Jeep) Corporation for 34 years, retiring in 2001. He then owned and operated Bedford Stump Removal until his passing. He was a member of UAW, Local 12, Toledo. Earl was a supporter of
several local sports, having helped start the Eagle Wrestling Club at Mason Consolidated School with Ron Fox, and was an avid fan and
supporter of the Bedford High School Wrestling
Program. He also coached 3-B Baseball for several years with Manny Valdez.
Earl is survived by his
loving wife, Faye; children, Cherilyn (Matthew) Schober of Sylvania, OH and William James LaPlante of Ottawa Lake, MI; grandchildren, Kathryn LaPlante, Wyatt and Marshall Schober; brother, LeRoy (Kim) LaPlante of Lambertville, MI; sister, Sue (Ron) Fox of Lambertville, MI. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 3-9 p.m. Sunday, December 8, 2013, at the Michael W. Pawlak Funeral Home, 1640 Smith Rd. (at Jackman) Temperance, MI. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, December 9, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 4605 St. Anthony Rd., Temperance, MI, where he will lie in state after 10 a.m. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Erie, MI. Memorials may be made to Bedford Wrestling.
Michael W Pawlak Funeral Home Llc
1640 Smith Rd
Temperance, MI 48182
Published in Toledo Blade on Dec. 6, 2013