Mr. LaMar “Fergie” Ferguson, 91, of Lebanon, passed away Jan. 22, 2017, at Signature Healthcare at Parkwood in Lebanon.

He was born on June 25, 1925, in Terhune, the son of the late Lester and Lena Ferguson.

Mr. Ferguson graduated from Union Township High School in Zionsville in 1944. He was then drafted into the United States Army and served in World War II in the Black Forest Region of Germany.

He graduated from Butler University in 1950 with a degree in education. He later went on to earn his master’s degree from Butler.

On Dec. 6, 1953 he married Rose Marie Lambert. She passed away on Jan. 15, 2013.

Mr. Ferguson taught at the Sheridan elementary school and then at Central Elementary School in Lebanon, before starting Ferguson Realty. He also worked as an auctioneer part time.

He enjoyed gardening, golfing, playing bridge, cooking and fishing. He was proud of his hole in one at Ulen Golf Course. He loved attending Lebanon High School basketball games and he never missed a game unless his health prevented it. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lebanon, where he taught Sunday school for many years and served as a Deacon, trustee, and on various other boards. He loved cooking the Wednesday night meal for family night. He was a member of the Elks, Ulen Country Club, and an active member of the Rotary Club for more  than 50 years.

His social philosophy was “short visits make long friends.” He never stayed very long in one place, but you knew when he had been there.

Survivors include his children Denise (Dr. Aldo) Buonanno of Westfield and Portia (Hon. J. Jeffrey) Edens of Lebanon; his grandchildren Nathan (Christie) Buonanno of Carmel, Nicholas (fiancé Amy Schloot) Buonanno of Fishers, Noah (Jasmine) Buonanno of Carmel, Laura (Adam) Isaacson of Indianapolis, Pastor Clay (Lucy) Edens of St. Paul, Minn., and Clark (Edye) Edens of Indianapolis; his great-grandchildren James, Garrett, Isaiah, and Patrick Buonanno, Jaden and Milo Buonanno, and Judah and Theo Edens; seven nieces; and three nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his stepmother Ilena Ferguson, a niece and a nephew.

Services are scheduled at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 at Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, 2400 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon. Family and friends may pay their respects from 4 p.m. until the time of service. Mr. Ferguson's grandson Pastor Clay Edens will officiate the service.

Memorial donations may be made to the Witham Foundation, 2505 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon, IN 46052, the Rotary Foundation, One Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, Ill. 60201, or the charity of the donor’s choice.

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