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Milton Vann Labadie Jr obituary: He had a career in food service, loved fully, and laughed often

Milton Vann Labadie Jr. passed away Monday, March 20, 2011 at his home near Pawhuska, OK, at the age of 55

Milton Vann Labadie Jr. passed away Monday, March 20, 2011 at his home near Pawhuska, OK, at the age of 55.

Vann was born September 18, 1955 in Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt, Germany while his parents were stationed there. He was raised in Wynona and Pawhuska. He graduated from Pawhuska High School as a member of the class of '73. Vann played football and basketball, and was active in numerous student activities.

Vann graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelors in Hotel and Restaurant Management. It was at Oklahoma State where he met his future wife Gayle Bacon.

He was the Food and Beverage Director for the Osage Million Dollar Elm in Bartlesville. He has been a General Manager for Sirloin Stockade, Golden Corral and Furr's Cafeteria, as well as a Food Service Director for North Eastern Oklahoma A&M in Miami, OK. Food was his passion, and he made a successful career at it.

Vann has been very active with the American Diabetes Association and the National Wild Turkey Federation. He filled his spare time with family, friends, and his much loved hobbies. He didn't miss a single hunting season if he could help it, loved fishing on a nice day, and enjoyed the freedom of the open road on his motorcycle. He loved fully, laughed often, and never missed an opportunity to tease.

Vann is survived by his daughter Branden Elaine Labadie 28; son Bradley Chase Labadie 26; grandchildren, Christopher Edward McMillen 12, Jaelin Brook Labadie 3, and Raelee Louise Labadie 3 weeks; parents Milton Vann Labadie Sr. and Sue Ann Labadie; brother Kenton Dewitt Labadie; sister Cherri Rae Pfleider and her husband Monty Eugene Pfleider; and too many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends to count.

Services will be on Friday March 25, 2011, 10 a.m. at The First Baptist Church in Pawhuska with Rev. Mark Formby presiding. Graveside service will follow at the Pawhuska Cemetery and serving as pallbearers will be Chase Labadie, Aaron Labadie, Chet Labadie, Ky Pfleider, John Free Jr. and Jack Miles. The honorary pallbearers will be Kenny Labadie and Monty Pfleider.

Memorial gifts in Vann's memory can be made to the American Diabetes Association, 6600 S. Yale, Tulsa, OK 74136-3346, diabetes.org/honor , and/or the American Heart Association, PO Box 1653, Topeka, KS 66601-1653, donate.americanheart.org. Arrangements and memorial gifts are being handled by McCartney’s Johnson Funeral Home, Pawhuska.