John William LaForge

August 4, 1953 ~ January 5, 2021 (age 67)


John W. LaForge, 67 of Marshall died on Tuesday January 5, 2021 at Bronson Battle Creek following a short illness.
John was born in Battle Creek to James and Virginia (Bramble) LaForge. He graduated from Marshall High School in 1972. On February 21, 1976, he married Lorraine Bagi in Marshall at St. Mary Catholic Church.
John owned and operated his own excavating company John LaForge and Sons Excavating in the Marshall area for several years. He also helped his father-in-law at Louie's Bakery in Marshall, and he also worked for Myron Avery and Avery Leasing. John was an active member of the Calhoun County Agriculture and Industrial Society and was a very familiar sight at the Calhoun County Fair yearly. He enjoyed his work and collecting John Deere Tractors and Equipment. John enjoyed going to Draft Horse Shows, but especially enjoyed time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife Lorraine; children Jason (Hana) LaForge, Jessica (Scott) Morrill, and Jordan LaForge; grandchildren; Emma, Andrew and Jadyn; siblings, James (Susie) LaForge, Joseph (Peggy) LaForge, Margaret (Dan) Sarber, Katherine (Heath) Gray, Virginia (Yann) Hitchings and Mildred LaFrance. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son Justin LaForge; and a brother Walter LaForge.
Visitation will take place from 1-5pm on Sunday January 10, 2021 at the Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Service 723 US Hwy 27 N Marshall MI 49068. Due to Covid-19 there will be a marked entrance and exits. Funeral services celebrating his life will take place at 11am on Monday January 11, 2021 at the Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services 723 US Hwy 27 N, Marshall, MI 49068. Due to Covid19 there is a limited number of people allowed for the service, and the funeral service will be live streamed on John's obituary page of the funeral home Interment will follow at Lyon Lake Cemetery. Memorial Contributions are requested to the Calhoun County Agriculture Industrial Society, 720 Fair Street Marshall MI 49068. Memorial contributions may be mailed to the Kempf Funeral Home PO Box 519 Marshall MI 49068 for delivery to the charity. Leave a personal message for the family, sign the online guestbook, and watch the funeral service live stream at

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January 10, 2021

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services
723 US Hwy 27 N
Marshall, MI 49068

Funeral Service
January 11, 2021

11:00 AM
Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services
723 US Hwy 27 N
Marshall, MI 49068

January 11, 2021

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Lyon Lake Cemetery
Old US 27 South and G Drive South
Marshall, MI 49068


P.O. Box 311, Marshall MI 49068
Tel: 269-781-8161

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