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Douglas "Bear" LaBarge


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Douglas "Bear" LaBarge Obituary
LaBarge, Douglas "Bear"

Douglas "Bear" J. LaBarge, 53, of 5411 Madison Circle, Wisconsin Rapids, died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011, at his home.

Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Nekoosa. Rev. John Swing will officiate. Friends may call 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Feldner/Ritchay Funeral Home of Nekoosa is assisting the family.

Douglas was born July 11, 1958, in Wisconsin Rapids, to Donald and Doris (Whitrock) LaBarge. He owned and operated Bear's Auto in the town of Saratoga for over 25 years. He was recently employed at the Jacob Searles Cranberry Marsh. Douglas formerly served in the U.S. Army and was a member of the Wisconsin Rapids American Legion Post 442.

Bear loved old cars and the Green Bay Packers. He enjoyed fishing and hunting when he could find the time. Bear was known for his stubbornness and also for his big heart.

Bear is survived by his girlfriend of 22 years, Lori Gotz; one daughter, one daughter, Pauline (fianc?, Xeng Khang) LaBarge of Nekoosa; his father, Donald LaBarge of Wisconsin Rapids; four brothers, Donald "Butch" (Margie) LaBarge, Robert "Charlie" (Vicky) LaBarge, Richard LaBarge, Ronald LaBarge; and one sister, Diane (Ken) Carroll. He was preceded in death by his mother.

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Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on Aug. 12, 2011
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