Bruce Lavengood


Bruce Earl Lavengood, 86, of Franklin, Indiana, formerly of Erie, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully on October 26, 2016, at Johnson Memorial Hospital in Franklin.

Bruce was born in Lansing, Michigan, January 24, 1930, to the late Earl J. and Vita K. (Gunnison) Lavengood. He graduated from Charlotte High School, Charlotte, Michigan, in 1948 and from Michigan State University in 1952.

Bruce is survived by daughters, Kathryn A.(Scott Vanta) Lavengood of Indianapolis and Sandra J. Lavengood of Rockville, Maryland; grandsons, Skyler L. Shemro and Owen L. Shemro. Many cherished nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and cousins also survive.

He was preceded in death by his beloved spouse, Mary, in 2006; a brother, James W. Lavengood in 1986; and a sister, Karen A. Wipper in 2009.

Funeral arrangements were made by the Russell C. Schmidt & Son Funeral Home Inc., 5000 Wattsburg Road, Erie, Pennsylvania 16504. Interment is in Calvary Cemetery in Erie.

Memorials may be made to Michigan State University – Lavengood Fund at

Always the jokester, Bruce would remind us, “Here today, gone to Maui.”

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