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William "Bill" LaBine

January 16, 1930 ~ March 17, 2020 (age 90)

Obituary

William "Bill" LaBine, 90, of Ontonagon passed away peacefully March 17, 2020 at Omega House in Houghton.

He was born in Ashland, WI on January 16, 1930 to William and Beatrice (Hill) LaBine. He graduated from Ontonagon High School with the Class of 1948. During his senior year, his basketball team was Upper Peninsula Regional Champions. Following graduation, he served in the US Navy from 1948-1952 in the Korean War. Following his discharge from the Navy, he attended the University of Wisconsin - Stout and graduated with a degree in teaching. Bill taught math and driver's education at the Mass High School for 8.5 years, and then went on to work in the maintenance department at Smurfit Stone, retiring after 28 years.

He married Doris Youngren on April 18, 1953.


Bill was a founding member of the Stein Club and enjoyed golfing, hunting, woodworking, and playing cribbage. He had previously served on the Ontonagon Village Council, the Ontonagon Memorial Hospital Board, and the Ontonagon Golf Club Board.


He is survived by his wife Doris "Dode;" children William "Wilbs" of Ontonagon, David (Nancy) of Cleveland, TN, Bonnie (Wayne) Sorem of Ontonagon, Robert (Michelle) of Mass City, Thomas (Dayle "Swinger") of Ontonagon, Laura (Steven) Bigger of Twin Lakes, Daniel (Ginger) of Ontonagon, James (Tiffany) of Powell, OH and Julia (Randy) Kemppainen of Mass City; 23 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, with one more on the way.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


A Memorial Service for Bill will be held at a later date and will be announced. The Cane Funeral Home is assisting the family. 


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Omega House in Houghton.

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