Alan Webber LaGrange, 56, formerly of Franklin and Columbus, Ohio, passed away peacefully and surrounded by his loving family on Dec. 6, 2014, under the care of IU Hospice at the home of his sister in Carmel.

Alan was born Feb. 14, 1958, in Franklin to Webber and the late Kathryn LaGrange.

Survivors include his father, Webber, of Carmel; son, Jason Alan LaGrange (Jenny) of Simpsonville, Kentucky; grandchildren, Chyanne and Elijah; brother, Gene LaGrange (Rita Lory) of Franklin; sister, Susan Loman (Steve) of Carmel; niece, Joy Coffman of Fishers; nephews, A.J. Baldridge of Carmel, Matthew LaGrange of Franklin and Nathan LaGrange (Jill) of Rochester, New York; great-nephew, Owen LaGrange; great-niece, Arianna Baldridge; and special friends, Kristie Lester and Donna Scott.

He was a 1976 graduate of Franklin Community High School and served 11 years in the U.S. Navy, discharging as a petty officer first class.

After the Navy, Alan’s work included Mayflower Moving Co., Maplehurst Bakery and Jones Lang LaSalle at the Eli Lilly Maintenance Facility as chief engineer, before moving to Columbus, Ohio, in the same capacity for JLL and CBRE at NetJets.

Alan was well known for his wonderful smile and zest for life, having never known a stranger. Though not an educator, he was a life teacher! He volunteered in a teaching role to fourth-grade students during Indy 500 Festivals. He enjoyed taking people on his sailboat, teaching them how to sail, taught others to fly stunt kites, educated about different types of birds and their sounds, and the list could go on and on. He did this with a passion as he believed knowledge is power.

Alan touched so many lives and will be deeply missed by many. He has forever left a void in many hearts!

A memorial service with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Franklin American Legion Post 205, 1200 Park Ave., Franklin. After the service a celebration of Alan’s wonderful life will continue with food and fellowship.

Given Alan’s lifetime history with Post 205, the family asks that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Franklin American Legion Post 205 Endowment Fund, 1200 Park Ave., Franklin, IN 46131.

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