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David Lenning Laker

August 12, 1935 ~ February 18, 2020 (age 84)


David Lenning Laker 84 of Philo, formerly of Danville passed away at 10:47 p.m. Tuesday February 18, 2020 at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. 

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date, friends and family are invited to attend.

David was born August 12, 1935 in Danville, the son of Samuel and Thelma (Lenning) Laker. They preceded him in death.

David married Sara Williams in 1956 and she survives. While married to Sara the family lived in Fithian where David was involved in politics and local government boards.

He later married Susan Sievers in 1990 and they resided in Philo. Susan passed away on June 22, 2019. 

He is survived by sons and daughters, David E. Laker (Mary Ann) of Fithian, Sam Kern Laker (Linda) of Crawfordsville, IN, Laura Laker Payne (Joel) of Fithian, Katina Kooi (Chris) of Springfield, Ryan Laker (Christina) of Hebron, KY, Joshua Laker (Melissa) of Huntington, WV, brothers, Stephen Laker (Judy) of Oakwood, Stanley Laker (Diana) of Alcoa, TN, Sisters, Julia Demmin (Nancy) of Amherst, MA, Mary Helen Skinner (Gordon) of Danville and eight grandchildren. 

David graduated from Danville High School and attended the U of I.  He was a machinist and engineer for General Motors, Danville, the U of I, and U S Abilities where he was owner and operator.  He was also a principal partner in SLM Instruments. 

He enjoyed motorcycling, fishing, hunting, auto racing, Illini sports and was an avid reader.

Memorial Contributions may be made in David’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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