November 6, 1963 – Sunday, October 2, 2011
Church of St. Francis in Buffalo, MN
Friday, October 7, 2011
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo
Thursday, October 6th
6:30 P.M.-9:00 P.M.
Michael John LaPlant, age 47, of Moorhead and formerly Buffalo, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 1, 2011.
Mike was born on November 6, 1963 to William and Arlys LaPlant of Buffalo, Minnesota. He attended Buffalo Schools and was a 1982 BHS graduate and a very integral part of the wrestling team.
Mike was always very active and loved to be outside playing baseball, snowmobiling, canoeing, swimming, and riding bikes, but his true love was hunting, trapping and fishing. An avid outdoorsman, Mike was known for his ability to find the fish on any lake he put his boat in. Being the typical fisherman, there were always the stories of the one that got away, but those stories paled in comparison to the numerous fish he caught, including the 63 pound grouper he caught in the Gulf of Mexico.
On June 9, 1984, he married Wendy Heinecke of Buffalo. Together they started a family and raised two sons, Jacob Michael and William “Billy” John.
Mike is preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Margaret LaPlant and Leona and Bernard Jorgenson; aunt, Judi (Jorgenson) DeMarais; and uncle, John “Jack” LaPlant.
Mike is survived by his parents, William and Arlys LaPlant; sons, Jacob and William “Billy”; sister, Debbie (LaPlant) Gens and Tim; two brothers, Douglas LaPlant and Judy; and Joseph LaPlant and Cindy; nieces, Lindsay (LaPlant) Wurm and Kyle, Meghan (Gens) Miller and Andrew, Melissa (LaPlant) Berkenes and Chad, Chelsea (Gens) Wendel and Brian; nephew, Trevor Gens; and great nieces, Maya and Adelynn Miller; many aunts and uncles; and numerous friends, fellow hunters and fishermen.
Visitation will be held at the Peterson Chapel in Buffalo, Minnesota on Thursday, October 6, 2011 6:30p.m. – 9:00 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo, Minnesota on Friday, October 7, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. with viewing beginning one hour prior.
The Peterson Chapel assisted the family with arrangements.