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Orville Fredrick "Red" LaBonte


Orville Fredrick "Red" LaBonte, 92, of Carthage, formerly of the Elderville  area, died Saturday, June 6, 2009, at Heritage House, Carthage of heart failure.


He was born on the home place near Elderville, Wythe Township, Basco on March 19, 1917. to Leonard and Maud (Ruhs) LaBonte.

He married Pauline Koehler Althide LaBonte on Feb. 9, 1952, in Sutter. The couple shared over 57 years together and she survives in Carthage.

He is also survived by two sons, Stanley Althide, Carthage and Darrell (Deb) Althide, Basco; two daughters: Marilee (Ed) Jacquot and Donna (Ron) Hurt, both of Basco; one sister, Gladys Norton, Fort Worth, Texas; one daughter-in-law, Pat Althide, Hamilton; 12 srandchildren, Bradley (Angela) Althide, LaPlata, Mo., Brandon (Kim) Althide, Basco, Melissa (Andy) Finch, Warsaw, Amy (Lieutenant Colonel Mark) Bieger, DuPont, Wash., Julie Althide, St. Louis, Mo., Sara (Kip) Armstrong, Perry, Mich., Katina (Darden) Rhodes, St. Louis, Mo., Jason (Marla) Jacquot, Carthage and Ryan Jacquot, David (Nicole) Hurt, Todd Hurt and Heidi (Jeff) Harness, all of Basco and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Rodney Althide in 1998; two brothers, Lawrence and Elmer LaBonte and one sister, Leola Gabel.

He graduated from Hamilton High School, Hamilton. He served with the US Army 3rd Battalion, 184th Infantry, 1941 - 1945.

He received the Purple Heart Medal for his service while in the Pacific Theater, World War II in Okinawa.

He farmed his entire life in the Basco area, retiring in 1986. He also enjoyed attending cattle sales.

He was a member of Bethlehem United Church of Christ, Sutter and served on the church board.

He was also a member of Hancock County Farm Bureau and Hamilton V.F.W. Post #5256.

He enjoyed playing cards, spending time with neighbors and family, fishing and playing shuffleboard. In his later years, he enjoyed taking bus trips and spending winters in Florida. He especially loved the time he spent with his family.

Services will be held Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at Bethlehem United Church of Christ with Pastor Roy Paterik officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem United Church of Christ Cemetery with full military honors at the graveside.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 9, 2009, after 3 p.m.. at Bethlehem United Church of Christ in Sutter with the family meeting friends between 6-8 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Bethlehem United Church of Christ or Hancock County Blessing Hospice.

Condolences can be left online at

Lamporte - St. Clair Funeral Home, Hamilton in charge of arrangements.


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