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Updated: 06/06/2014 08:00:11AM

John F. LaPage

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Retired U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John F. LaPage, 84, of Punta Gorda, Fla., passed away peacefully Monday, June 2, 2014, in the loving, comforting care of family at his home.

John was born April 17, 1930, in Norwich, Conn., to Delia (nee Cote) and Mathias LaPage.

One of nine children, John left home and family and began a career with the United States Air Force that spanned nearly 23 years of service, and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He retired as a Chief Master Sergeant in September 1970. John moved from Uncasville, Conn., to Punta Gorda in 1984, and enjoyed many activities. He was a skilled woodcarver and an avid Golfer who enjoyed giving his wooden creations to family and friends and sharing his knowledge of Golf with other Golfers to help improve their games.

John is survived by his wife of 10 years, Ann M. Ayers-LaPage; daughters, Sue (Gary) Bledsoe, Melinda (Wayland) Hedding, Cindy (John) Kuc and Delia LaPage; stepdaughters, Cathy (John) Keohane and Jennifer Ayers; stepsons, Paul (Beth) Ayers, Peter (Joan) Ayers, Richard (Carrie) Ayers and William (Sarah) Ayers; nine grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren; sisters, Rosemary Blackburn and Delia Podurgiel; brother, Andre Paul LePage; and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by five brothers, Omer, Albert, Louis, Mathias and Victor LaPage; a son, John M. LaPage; and his first wife of 50 years, Dorothy E. LaPage.

A Committal followed by burial will be held for John at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. Friends may visit to sign the memory book and extend condolences to the family.

Arrangements are by Roberson Funeral Homes & Crematory, Punta Gorda Chapel.

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