He was a US Army Veteran serving in Germany during the Korean War. LaGow also was the founder of the annual New Year’s Day Hike in Kendall County Forest Preserve, an event that started in the 1970's.
In addition, he served the youth of Kendall County by organizing scout camporees. He was a high school, youth league and college softball umpire and basketball referee. He and his late wife Carol were inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame for their support and attendance at Oswego High School games.
LaGow also organized and taught the skill of outdoor cooking in a cast iron Dutch Oven. He was a standout basketball player for Yorkville High School.
Funeral services are pending at the Dunn Family Funeral Home in Oswego.