If you mention Clyde A. LaGrange in northern Perry County, people probably know his name! They remember him as a man who worked hard to benefit his community.
And now, thanks to his son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Jenny LaGrange, his memory will live on in perpetuity, as they have created a fund through the Perry County Community Foundation that will give back to the school he loved.
“Since Dad taught 29 years in elementary schools, Jenny and I wanted to memorialize him in a way that would benefit students as well as teachers, so this seemed a good fit,” Larry said.
Clyde retired in 1970 from Perry Central after having taught in several area locations, starting with the one-room Winding Branch School in Oil Township.
After military service in the Coast Guard in WW2, he and wife Rosemary continued their operation of a gas station/grocery store in St. Croix that they had begun in 1938. In addition to his teaching duties, Clyde then began his community service as a member of the Long Range Planning Committee. He headed the education branch and worked on the plans to establish the new Perry Central School. He was also influential in starting the Perry-Spencer Telephone Company and served as board president for several years. He was an organizer of the North Perry Water Company and served as board president for eight years. A major accomplishment was getting Patoka water into Perry County. He passed away in 2011 at age 96.
The Clyde A. LaGrange Endowment for Perry Central will go toward incentive for students exhibiting good behavior or performance in areas such as academics, citizenship, and character.
Clyde A LaGrange’s gifts to his community were many. And now, his name will forever be honored for the work he did for the community he loved. For Good. Forever.