Francis P. LaBelle, Jr.”Frank”, USAF, Col (Ret.)

 Francis P. LaBelle, Jr.”Frank”, USAF, Col (Ret.)                                                                                  
Of Falls Church, Virginia, died Sunday, May 14, 2017 at Virginia Hospital Center.

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.

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3 Responses to Francis P. LaBelle, Jr.”Frank”, USAF, Col (Ret.)

  1. John B. Gross says:

    Ellen,
    Frank worked for me from 1986-88 in Los Angeles. Think he was most dependable and trustworthy guy I ever worked with. Did not know he graduated from Notre Dame, but that explains it. So sorry to have him pass so young. Saw Frank once or twice after he went to Washington, but not really aware of what he did after I knew him. Appreciate if more details get published I could receive a copy of what he worked on in later life. Remember him talking about you all the time. Good Luck, keep the faith and I’ll pray for both of you.
    John

  2. Christopher O'Reilly-Green says:

    I always thought there was something Angelic about Frank. He burst on the scene at Chaminade in high school and instantly outclassed me, the Deneses, Bob Sutemier and David King as the supposed leading lights of the class. I don’t know if he ever got less than 100% on a test. At the same time he was quiet, unpretentious and patient with those less fortunate in intelligence than he. I lost touch with him as we went our separate ways but we reconnected at our 50th reunion and I was glad to see him.

  3. Raymond Hoare says:

    Ellen, I am so sorry for your loss. May you find solace in our Lord.

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