Donald Lee LaForte, 74, of Pittsburg died on Saturday, May 23, 2009 at Mt. Carmel Regional Medical Center.

Donald Lee LaForte, 74, of Pittsburg died on Saturday, May 23, 2009 at Mt. Carmel Regional Medical Center.
He was born May 7, 1935 in Frontenac, KS the son of Raymond and Lorene (Woody) LaForte.
Donald entered the U.S. Army in October 1953 and was honorably discharged in October 1956.  He received service medals of honor for his service in Korea, National Defense Service medal, Sharp Shooter Combine, and the United Nations Service medal.
On January 31, 1959, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Marie Hansen in Detroit, MI; she survives of the home.
Donald attended Wayne State University and the Detroit School of Lettering, where he later taught sign painting for several years.   After returning to Pittsburg, he worked at the Kansas Army Ammunition Plant and was the owner of LaForte signs.
He was an active member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Pittsburg. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, the Elks, and Mirza Shriners.
Additional survivors include daughters Lorene Joynson and husband Robin of Peachtree City, GA and Vicki Woodward and husband Craig of Norwood, NY; son Chris LaForte and wife Monica of Pittsburg, and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers.
Memorial Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m., May 29, 2009, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Pittsburg, with Fr. Thomas Stroot as celebrant.  Inurnment will follow in the Highland Park Cemetery. Parish rosary will be recited at 7 p.m., May 28 at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home; the family will receive friends after the rosary. The John F. Derby American Legion Post #43 will do a walk-through at 6:45 p.m. Military Rites and flag folding ceremonies will be conducted by John F. Derby #43, American Legion of Frontenac.  Condolences may be left at www.bathnaylor.com. Memorials may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, or the American Heart Association; these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home.