Merton W. LaBar

MANISTIQUE – Merton W. LaBar, 84, of 1490N State Highway M-94, Manistique, Mich., passed away at his home on Monday morning, March 3, 2014.

He was born July 18, 1929, in Manistique, the son of Howard and Opal (Parker) LaBar and graduated from Manistique High School.

Mert served our country in the National Guard.

On July 31, 1954, he married the former Elizabeth “Betty” Bosanic at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. He and Betty made their home and raised their family in Manistique.

Mert retired from Inland Lime and Stone after 31 and a half years of service. Following his retirement, he worked for the Manistique Medical Center (Dr. Wehner’s Clinic) and detailed cars.

He was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church and for seven years led a Men’s Bible Study.

Mert worked summers at Blaney Park. He enjoyed being outdoors, especially camping with his family, snowmobiling, and hunting. He loved to dance, and further enjoyed bowling and performing as the drummer with various bands.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth LaBar of Manistique; daughter, Pattie A. Billips of Lansing; sons, Michael H. (Kim) LaBar, Jeffrey A. (Heidi) LaBar, and Kenneth D. LaBar, all of Manistique; grandchildren, Brandon J. LaBar and Lucas M. Billips; brothers, Wilbur E. (Betty) LaBar and Warren H. (Sandy) LaBar, both of Manistique; and sister, Wanda G. (Jack) Swanson of Manistique. Mert is further survived by his brothers-in-law, Emeric (Theresa) Bosanic, Joe (Carolyn) Bosanic, Robert (Sigrid) Bosanic, Peter (Jan) Bosanic, and Larry (Candy) Bosanic; sisters-in-law, Helen (Vernon) Barton, Ruth (Jack) Roemer, and Betty Bosanic; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mert was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Michael Billips; brothers-in-law, John Bosanic and Elton Sample; sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Bosanic Sample and Amelia Bosanic; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Sam and Mary Bosanic.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 14, at the Messier-Broullire Funeral Home in Manistique.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. in the funeral home with Father Glenn Theoret officiating. Burial will be in Hiawatha Township Cemetery in the spring.

Memorial donations may be directed to the St. Francis de Sales School.