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Bruce G. La Pean, 72

Bruce G. La Pean, age 72, of Hastings, formerly of Arkansaw, Wis., died unexpectedly Monday, May 5, at his home.

Bruce was born March 8, 1942, in Plum City, Wis., to Roy and Eva (Burnett) La Pean. He moved to Hastings in the early 60s and had worked at Armour Meat Plant, Brockway Glass and retired from Astro Reese Plastics.

Bruce married Edna Riley on June 12, 1965, at St. Mary's Church in Durand, Wis. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cribbage and smashing cars, as in demolition derbies.

He loved to laugh and be silly, and especially believed that families were made by love, not just blood. Bruce was a good friend, loving grandfather, father and husband.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Vadne, Vera, Elwood "Bud", Barbara and Roy.

Bruce is survived by his wife, Edna; children, Michele (Jeff) Usher of Milton, Wis., Bruce James (Diane) La Pean of Hastings, and Timothy La Pean of Minneapolis; grandchildren, Mikala, Yvette, Shawnn, Scott, Steve, Joe, Brian (Crystal), Nathan, Josh, Alexis, and Mikayla; also 14 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, 201 East Seventh St., Hastings, with visitation from 4-8 p.m. Friday, and 1 hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to donor's choice.

Arrangements made with Caturia-Smidt Funeral Home, Hastings. 651-437-9419.