Cody Richard LaFave, age 19, of Maple Lake, died Friday, March 22, 2013, from injuries suffered in a snowmobile accident in Annandale.
He was born July 22, 1993, in Buffalo, to Dale LaFave and Linda (Muonio) LaFave.
Cody grew up in St. Cloud. He was confirmed at Atonement Lutheran Church of St. Cloud, and graduated from Apollo High School in 2011.
He went on to live in Maple Lake and work for his mentor and friend, Tom Segner, at Kapseg Farms.
Cody was very artistic as a youth and he enjoyed drawing very intricate pictures. As he grew, he became interested in skateboarding, bicycling, snowboarding, football, basketball, wrestling, swimming, snowmobiling, boxing, shooting pool, darts, and hunting. Most recently, he built his own pulling truck, enjoyed tractor pulls, and loved farming, welding, mechanics, and John Deere.
Most of all, Cody loved to spend time with his family and friends, and he loved babies and children.
He was a member of the National Tractor Pullers Association, and the Atonement Lutheran Church of St. Cloud.
Cody is survived by his parents, Dale LaFave and Linda (Muonio) LaFave; grandparents Jerry and Judy LaFave, and Dennis and Elsie Muonio; great- grandparent Bud Marquette; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and other relatives and friends. He also leaves behind his special friends, Mojo and Diesel (his dogs).
He was preceded in death by great-grandparents Florence and Edwin Muonio, Melvin and Linda Niska, Marie and Leo LaFave, and Doris Marquette; uncles Gunner LaFave and Daniel Muonio; as well as cousins, great aunts and uncles, and friends who have gone before him.
Funeral services took place Wednesday, March 27 at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Howard Lake. Interment was at the Howard Lake Cemetery
Visitation was Tuesday, March 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.; and continued Wednesday one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake.