John Laraway
1940 - 2021
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John Laraway born Nov. 1, 1940 in Grand Rapids, MI. Died 1/2/21. Cancer.

Parents John Joseph (1976) and Bernice Kelly (1984) Laraway. Lived for many years in Iowa where he graduated from Burlington High School in 1958 and from Luther College in 1966. From June 1962 to June 1965, he served honorably in the US Navy on board the USS PYRO (AE-24) an ammunition ship that rearmed Aircraft Carriers, Cruisers and Destroyers at sea and on the Staff of COMSERVPAC in HI. Upon leaving the Navy, John finished college and began an almost 50-year career in the book business selling to College and University Libraries in the U.S.

In 1968, on a blind date he met the "light of his life." He married that "light," Mariann on July 4, 1968. They have been together for over 52 years. Together they raised two of the greatest sons anyone could wish for: Mike (Kelly) Laraway. Grandchildren: Ryan and Taylor. JR (Anna) Laraway. Grandchildren: James and Gabriella.

John is survived by a sister: Judy (Chuck) Lief of Boulder, CO.

John took up jogging at 40 to lose weight he had gained after quitting smoking. It became a long-time avocation. He ran for almost 30 years without missing a day. All outside in all type of weather. Favorite places were alongside water, whether it be lakes, rivers or oceans. Running alongside the Atlantic in Key West will always standout as a number one favorite.

He also enjoyed going to sons and grandkids various sporting events and other activities. Upon moving to south Florida in 1981, he became a big Miami Hurricane fan and still is to this day along with his sons. GO CANES.

Following cremation, burial will be at the Department of Veterans Affairs, South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth, FL for immediate family members.

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Published in Sun-Sentinel on Jan. 8, 2021.
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January 17, 2021
I'm sorry to learn of John's passing. I always looked forward to his visits to the library.
Kirstin Steele
January 16, 2021
John was a wonderful sales rep! I always enjoyed working with him. I'm so sorry for your loss.
Lauren Corbett
January 12, 2021
Mariann, so sorry for your loss. I know he was surrounded by love.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Margie Marck
January 9, 2021
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Diana Hunt
January 8, 2021
John Laraway was one of the finest and most decent men I have ever known. His deep and uncompromising love for America was exceeded only by his abiding faith in God and his total dedication to his beloved wife, Mariann and sons Mike and JR. John and I spent many hours talking about subjects as diverse as sports and theology. Although we often disagreed, we never argued. John was a man of rare grace, who never forgot his bedrock midwest roots. I am proud to have been his friend and I will miss him.
Jay Hamilton
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