HOOPESTON — David Alan La Bounty, born March 29, 1949, a man who knew no stranger, became silent on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.
He was an industrial electrician at American Can in Hoopeston, Ill., for many years. He also was an entrepreneur, having owned several restaurants and video game arcades.
David loved to tell a good joke and talk about such taboo subjects like politics and religion.
He excelled at working with computers and trying to teach the unteachable (with mounting frustration) how to use them.
David had a life-long love affair with tinkering and figuring out how things worked. This led to some great accomplishments and some less than life-threatening disasters.
He was the youngest son of Eldon and Helen La Bounty. His older brothers, Roger and Danny, both deceased, were very influential in his delinquent behavior.
David was adventurous and liked to try new things. He passed this passion on to his children: Eric (Lori) La Bounty, Brian (Candi) La Bounty and Brandy (Michael) Trueblood. His family meant a lot to him, and he never forgot to tell them how much he loved them. He taught them to be stubborn, confident and passionate. He often wondered if they would ever learn what he was trying to teach them.
Always wanting to be the fun grandpa and well-liked by the grandchildren, he often brought fireworks and knives and other dangerous objects to them, much to the apprehension and concern of the parents.
He took life cues from no one. He lived the way he wanted regardless of what others thought of him. He was married to the love of his life, Lucinda Kaufmann, for almost 17 years. Together they built a little cabin in Arkansas, where they enjoyed the simple things that made their marriage happy and enduring. With this shotgun marriage came three stepchildren he was quite fond of: Barry (Diane) Huffman, Melissa (Cory) Kult and Ann (Steve) Callahan.