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Mr. LaMar "Fergie" Ferguson, 91, of Lebanon, passed away Jan. 22, 2017, at Signature Healthcare at Parkwood in Lebanon.
LaMar was born on June 25, 1925, in Terhune, the son of the now late Lester and Lena Ferguson. He married Rose Marie Lambert on Dec. 6, 1953. She passed away on Jan. 15, 2013.
LaMar graduated from Union Township High School in Zionsville in 1944. He was then drafted into the United States Army and he served in World War II, in the Black Forest Region of Germany. He graduated from Butler University in 1950, with a degree in education. He later went on to earn his master's degree from Butler.
LaMar taught at the Sheridan elementary school and then at Central Elementary School in Lebanon, before starting Ferguson Realty. He also worked as an auctioneer part time.
He enjoyed gardening, golfing, playing bridge, cooking and fishing. He was proud of his hole-in-one at Ulen. LaMar loved attending Lebanon High School basketball games and he never missed a game, unless his health prevented it.
LaMar was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lebanon, where he taught Sunday school for many years and served as a deacon, trustee, and on various other boards. LaMar loved cooking the Wednesday night meal for family night. He was a member of the Elks, Ulen Country Club, and an active member of the Rotary Club for over 50 years.
LaMar's social philosophy was "short visits make long friends." He never stayed very long in one place, but you knew when he had been there.
Survivors include his children, Denise (Dr. Aldo) Buonanno of Westfield and Portia (Hon. J. Jeffrey) Edens of Lebanon; his grandchildren, Nathan (Christie) Buonanno of Carmel, Nicholas (fiancée Amy Schloot) Buonanno of Fishers, Noah (Jasmine) Buonanno of Carmel, Laura (Adam) Isaacson of Indianapolis, Pastor Clay (Lucy) Edens of St. Paul, Minn., and Clark (Edye) Edens of Indianapolis; his great-grandchildren, James, Garrett, Isaiah and Patrick Buonanno, Jaden and Milo Buonanno, and Judah and Theo Edens; and seven nieces, and three nephews. In addition to his parents and wife, LaMar was preceded in death by his stepmother, Ilena Ferguson, a niece and a nephew.
Family and friends will gather Wednesday, Jan. 25, for visitation from 4 p.m. until the time of services at 6 p.m., with LaMar's grandson Pastor Clay Edens officiating in the Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, 2400 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the Witham Foundation, 2505 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon, IN 46052; the Rotary Foundation, One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201; or a charity of the donor's choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.strawmyerdrury.com.
Published on January 23, 2017
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