Donald Laabs Donald A. "Don" Laabs, 73, of f>lli Gnrvey St., Ironwood, died Saturday, June 6, 1998, at the Grand View Hospital, Ironwood. He was born June 19, 1924, in Ashland, Wis., to the late Albert P. and Katherine (Pazacki) [.nabs, . , Don moved to Ironwood as a child where he attended the Central Grade School and graduated from the Luther L. Wright High School with the Class of 1942. lie then served in the U.S. Navy in the Seabees in the 13th Battalion in the South Pacific from April 1943 to his discharge in August, 19451 Following his discharge, he worked as a ticket master for the Chicago & North Western Railroad in Great Lakes, 111., for one •yt'ar. He then moved back to Ironwood where he was employed as a house mover with his.father until 1953 when he joined the carpenters' union and worked as a master carpenter-craftsman for big industry until retiring due to ill "health in 1982. Don was a 45-year member of Carpenters Local No. 1227 and served as its business agent. He wns also a member of the Aurora Athletic Club of Ironwood, the Disabled American Veterans, a former member and past president of the Oma Lions Club, a former member of the Ironwood VFW Post No. 1823, and a former member and past president of the Eagles Club. Don loved polka and country music and was an excellent dancer in his time. He was an avid reader and loVed doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles. Don teat a wonderful hut- band, father, grandfather, great-grand father, brother and friend to all and will be greatly misted. He was marri.ed to the former Helen G. Hodgins on Dec. 17, DONALD LAABS 1944, in Waukcgan, III. She survives. Also surviving are four sons, Tom (Sharon), Ironwood, Donelle, Ironwood, A. Paul "Punky" (Diane), Bessemer, and Brian (Sharon N.), Ironwood; a daughter, Lauana Drier (Mike), Ironwood; seven grandchildren, Donald "Bucky" Laabs, Oshkosh, Wis., Darrin Laabs, (Beth) Princeton, Minn., Christine and Crystal Laabs, Bessemer, Danny, Jeffrey and Gary Laabs, Ironwood; two great-grandchildren, Samantha Laabs, Kimball, Wis., and Taylor Laabs, Princeton, Minn.; a sister, Lucille Palmquist, Ironwood; and his special friend, ."Shady Lady," his Pomeranian dog. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.P. Laabs. At Mr. Laabs' request, there will be no visitation or funeral services, Cremation will take place and private memorial services will be held at a later date. McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home, Ironwood, is in charge of arrangements.