Charles “Chuck” Laporte, age 71, of New Philadelphia died early Friday morning, Nov. 11, 2011 in Union Hospital at Dover following a period of declining health.     Born Nov. 1, 1940 in Tippecanoe, he was the son of the late Howard and Ruth (Garabrandt) Laporte.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister June Cannon and a brother, Howard “Howdy” Laporte.

Visitation will be held Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Linn-Hert-Geib Funeral Home & Crematory at New Philadelphia. A service celebrating his life will be held in the funeral home’s chapel on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011 beginning at 10:30 a.m. with The Rev. Hugh B. Berry officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Burial Park at New Philadelphia. Friends are invited to the Geib Family Center, located adjacent to the funeral home, where a meal will be shared following the committal service. Those unable to attend may send the family personal condolences by signing the online guest registry located on the funeral home’s Web site.

Memorial contributions in Chuck’s name may be directed to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, Gift Processing Administrator, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA 22172.

A full obituary will appear in the next print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.