Ivan R. Larabee Jr., 1937 – 2018

Ivan R. Larabee Jr.
Ivan R. Larabee Jr., 1937 – 2018. Photo provided.

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Ivan R. Larabee Jr. “Ike,” 81, passed away Monday evening, Oct. 8, 2018 at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. He was born April 6, 1937 in Dalton, N.H., the son of Ivan Sr. and Grace (LaClair) Larabee. He graduated from Springfield High School and the Co-Op Course in 1956.

On March 6, 1960, he married Elizabeth “Betty” Reasoner in Springfield, Vt. She predeceased him Jan. 6, 2013.

He was employed in sales engineering with the Bryant Grinder Co. in Springfield, Vt. for over 20 years.

He served in the National Guard, was a Scout Leader with Boy Scout Troop 252 for several years, a little league coach, and a past treasurer for the American Legion softball team.

He was a member of the North Springfield Baptist Church and involved with the youth fellowship group at the church. He was also a member of St. John’s Lodge #41 F& AM in Springfield, Vt.

Ike enjoyed spending time with family and friends, spending time with his SHS classmates, golfing, skiing and snowmobiling, and deer camp at Willoughby Lodge. He was also an avid Red Sox fan.

He is survived by his son John Larabee (Wendy) of Grand Isle, Vt.; daughter Lisa Wyman (Stanton) of Plymouth, Vt.; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers Ernie Kangas, Tim Kangas, Tom Kangas, David Kangas, Mike Kangas, Gary Kangas; sisters Beverly Ross, Valvet Mason, Melody Hacket, Joyce Kellog, Crystal McFarland, and Judy Pace; and also by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by brothers Roderick Larabee, Kevin Kangas, and James Hebert, and by sisters Sandra Knight and Gail Buzzell.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018 at the North Springfield Baptist Church. Reverend George Keeler Pastor will officiate. Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery in Springfield, Vt.

Contributions may be made in his memory to the North Springfield Baptist Church, P.O. Box 23, North Springfield, VT 05150.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vt.

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