Daniel Joseph LaBarge

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 February 2023 at 5:47 pm

HOLLEY – Daniel Joseph LaBarge, 77, passed peacefully at home on February 19, 2023 with his closest family by his side. He was born on April 17, 1945 to the late Donald and Elizabeth (Huff) LaBarge in Watertown, NY.

After serving in the United States Navy from 1964 to 1967, completing four tours in Vietnam, he married the love of his life, Barbara (McBain) LaBarge. He worked at Eastman Kodak for 30-plus years, retiring in 1988.

Dan’s passion in retirement was helping fellow veterans receive the benefits they were entitled to. He was a life member and served several times as the Commander of Holley VFW Post 202. He also served as District 7 Commander and served in office for the Western County Council. He was also a member of the American Legion in Holley, the Vietnam Veterans of America and the USS Bonhomme Richard Association.

Dan enjoyed the outdoors. He loved hunting, fishing, and boating. He also loved traveling with Barbara and made a visit to most of the 50 United States. He was also proud of the fruit trees and grapes he grew at his home. He enjoyed working on small engines (chain saws) and has quite the collection of them.

He was predeceased by his parents, Donald and Elizabeth LaBarge; parents-in-law, Ralph and Virginia (Binninger) McBain; wife of 52 years, Barbara (McBain) LaBarge; son, Joseph LaBarge; sister, AnnMarie (LaBarge) Wagner; brother, Thomas LaBarge; sisters-in-law, Kathy McBain, Carol McBain and Charlene Brown; brother-in-law, Ralph McBain Jr.; and nephew, Ryan LaBarge.

He is survived by his children, Michele LaBarge-Antram and Stephen (Julie) LaBarge; grandchildren, Ashleigh Nichols, William Nichols, Camron (Kylie) LaBarge and Savanna Antram (his “favorite”); great-grandchildren, Lily Nichols, Carter Heisdon, Chase Heisdon, Myles LaBarge and Westyn LaBarge; very special aunt, Nancy Guyette; and cherished friends, Charlene Favata and Sue Amen.

He also is survived by his siblings, Mary (John) Astafan, Jerome (Penny) LaBarge, Patrick (Vikki) LaBarge, Francis (Jill) LaBarge, Jackie (David) Burt, Kathleen (Gerald) Freeman, Peggy (Lynn) Murray and James (Bonnie) LaBarge; surviving in-laws, Mike (Darla) McBain, Christine (Robert) Baslow, Valerie (Ralph) Sterling, James McBain and Patricia (John) Babcock; special nephew, Tom (Jill) McBain; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Dan’s family will receive friends at the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Home, 16650 State Route 31 Holley, NY 14470 on Friday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Interment with full Military Honors will be held at 1:15 p.m. at Hillside Cemetery in Holley.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to a local veteran’s organization of your choice in Dan’s honor.

To share a special memory of Dan, please visit www.mitchellfamilyfuneralhomes.com.