HOUGHTON - James C. LaBelle, 82, a resident of Houghton, passed away Monday morning, August 13, 2012, at Omega House in Houghton following a short illness.
He was born March 21, 1930, in Laurium, the son of the late Carl J. and Mary A. (Hensley) LaBelle. Jim graduated from Calumet High School with the Class of 1948.
Mr. LaBelle was a veteran, having served with the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.
Following the war, he returned to the Copper Country and on April 24, 1954, was united in marriage to the love of his life, Gloria Picotte. The couple first resided in Lake Linden and for the past 50 years, lived in Houghton.
James attended Michigan Technological University while he worked for the C&H Mining Company. He then began the job he loved and retired from Michigan Bell Telephone. In his younger years, he also owned and operated, with his father, LaBelle and Sons Upholstery.
Mr. LaBelle was a member of St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church in Houghton. He enjoyed spending time outdoors and loved all animals.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Gloria; his grandson, Christopher Tucker; his great-grandson, Nathaniel LaBelle; his parents; brothers, George, Gerald and Michael; sister, Mary Ann; and special kitty, Misty.
Surviving are his daughters, Phyllis (Forrest) Tucker of Texas and children, Naomi, Heidi, Charity and David and Lori (Clifford Therrian) LaBelle and very special granddaughter, Christina LaBelle; a very special great-granddaughter, Chloe Snell of South Range; his beloved kitty, Freckles; brother, John LaBelle of Iron River, Wis.; sisters, Carla and Victorine; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Memorial Mass for James will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 17 in St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church in Houghton with Fr. John Martignon to officiate. Burial will be in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Lake Linden where the Copper Country Veterans Association will hold military rites.
Friends may call on Friday, August 17, from 10 a.m. until time of services in St. Ignatius Church.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, the family suggests memorials be given to Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly or the Omega House in memory of James LaBelle.
To view James's obituary or to send condolences to the family, please visit plowefuneralhome.com.
The Plowe Funeral Home in Houghton is assisting the family with arrangements.