He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank and Dorothy LaBelle of St. Louis, Missouri. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Ellen Jones LaBelle, his sister-in-law, Trudy Jones, his sisters Margaret Lamb (Leonard) and Nancy Von Dolteren (Larry), his brothers James (Mary), Richard (Mary Ann), Michael (Gretchen) LaBelle, and loving nieces and nephews.
Born September 6, 1947 in Anniston, Alabama, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1969. He then joined the Air Force and worked in fuels management, the space and missile programs in Los Angeles, and in logistics and intelligence at the Pentagon. During his military career, he got an M.S. in systems engineering. He retired from the Air Force in 1995 and joined SAIC as a government contractor. After he retired from SAIC in 2013, he supported the activities of the Notre Dame Alumni Band and the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia.
Colonel LaBelle will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. There will be a memorial gathering at Advent Funeral Services, 7211 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA, on Saturday, June 3, 2017, from 2:00 to 6:00PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, 2650 S. Arlington Mill Dr., Arlington, VA 22206 or Mission Hurst, 4651 25th. St. N., Arlington, VA 22207, or a charity of your choice.