Pilbeam, LaVern

LaVern Pilbeam, 85, of Morenci, Mich., died March 21, 2020, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Perrysburg, Ohio.

LaVern was born March 4, 1935, in Ridgeway, Mich., to Russell and Arda (Holmes) Pilbeam. He married Eleanor K. Hart in Angola, Ind., on Oct. 29, 1955, and she preceded him in death Jan. 1, 2006. 

LaVern was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Morenci. He enjoyed going to the Senior Center and to his “office” at McDonald’s on Wednesdays and Sundays, playing pool, fishing and camping. 

LaVern is survived by daughters Kathy (and Roy) Henricks and Joy (and Rick) Grandowicz; son Mark (and Tracy) Pilbeam; 10 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Russell, Mervin “Stub,” and Gerald Pilbeam; and two sisters, Emily Turner and Marvel Oglesbee. 

Due to the nationwide pandemic and for the safety of family and friends, all services for LaVern will be private. The family will plan a Celebration of Life at a later date. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci. 

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Morenci Senior Center.