Adian C. “”Bud”” Labbee, 75, son of Claude and Viola Vandivort Labbee, was born March 23, 1927, at St. Louis, He died Dec. 15, 2002, at St. John’s Regional Health Center at Springfield. The middle child from a family of 10, he grew up in the Hartshorn area and became the foreman of the family sawmill at 13, earning the respect of men who were more than three times his age and the nickname, “”the kid.”” The same sense of loyalty and hardworking spirit lasted throughout his life, making him the big brother to his brothers and sisters. Loyalty and devotion to family came first in his life. He married Mildred Patterson May 1, 1946, and became a big brother figure to her sisters and brother. The Labbees had 11 children and lived in St. Louis for many years, where Mr. Labbee worked his way up to foreman at Rockwell Industries. He loved nature and the outdoors, tending his garden or feeding the birds and squirrels. He was an excellent marksman and hunter and was a skilled dancer. He had an avid interest in learning new things and was a true “”jack of all trades.”” He was preceded in death by his parents, two daughters and three sons. Surviving are his wife of 56 years of the home at Raymondville; three sons, Clifton of Bourbon and Rick and Danny of Raymondville; two daughters, Vivian Williams of Springfield and Jannett Labbee of South Carolina; one brother, Bob Labbee of Elkland; four sisters, Claudine Rupp of Phoenix, Ariz., Florence Karnes and Berniece Davis of Pekin, Ill., and Shirley Gottstein of Springfield; 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Services were Dec. 19 at the Evans Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wesley Wallace officiating. Burial was in the Mahan Cemetery near Raymondville. “

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