PEORIA, Ariz. - David Ralph Larabee, 69, of Peoria, Ariz. passed away in his home on July 31, 2020.
Services will be held at the Wyoming Cemetery in Paw Paw and he will be laid to rest next to his wife, Deborah. The date and time are yet to be determined due to nationwide circumstances. More information will be provided to family and friends as details are determined.
David was born March 26, 1951 in Rochelle to father, Ralph and Betty (Kettley) Larabee. He married Deborah Lynn Ikeler, his high school sweetheart, on Aug. 16, 1969. She preceded him in death.
Survivors include two daughters, Anissa (John) Grbcich and Nicole (Scott) Ulm; seven grandsons, Jordan, Holden, Brodie, Austin, Dane, Trystan and Creedon; and two sisters, Shirley (John) Lage and Sharon Larabee.
He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents.
David was the youngest of three children. At a young age, he began working on his family’s farm with his father which instilled a strong work ethic in him that later served to provide for his family. A year after he and Deborah wee married, the young couple welcomed daughter, Anissa Lynn Larabee, and a second daughter, Nicole Denise Larabee was born in August of 1973. The couple remained in the small farming community with their daughters until 1986 and then moved to Phoenix, Ariz. David was a hard-working, respectable man throughout his life. He was often in the fields farming from dawn until dusk and also owned a local construction company with a close family friend. He volunteered with the Paw Paw Fire Department for many years and was well-known throughout the community. He was a dedicated son, husband, father, grandfather and brother. All who knew him admired him. While living in Arizona, he worked as a laborer for a construction company for many years, however, it was not long before he became a superintendent for the company and later retired from that position.
Those wishing to honor David’s lifelong commitment to family and community can make donations to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22203 or https://nami.org/Home.