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Napoleon J. LaBonte Jr.
Date of Death: June, 23 2016


Napoleon J. LaBonte, Jr., 91, of Spalding, MI, passed away surrounded by his family, Thursday June 23, 2016, at Pinecrest Medical Facility.
          Napoleon (Nap or Junior) was born at Spalding, MI, on May 14, 1925, to the late Alida (Betters) and Napoleon LaBonte, Sr.
          A 1943 graduate of Powers-Spalding High School, Nap began his career as a machinist by supporting the war effort at Republic Aircraft in Detroit before his induction into the U.S. Army on October 31, 1944. He served as an infantry rifleman in the European Theater of World War II and was honorably discharged on November 30, 1945.
          Nap married Joanne LaCoursiere, the love of his life, on June 5, 1948, at Hermansville, MI. As a machinist, Nap worked for the A.O. Smith Corporation at Milwaukee, WI, from 1947-51. He then returned to the U.P., employed by Harnischfeger Corporation until his retirement.
          Above all else, Nap loved his family, both nuclear and extended. Gatherings meant games like cards and horseshoes and food and drink for an army. He loved sports and was a fan of the Tigers, Lions, High School teams, and the Hermansville Gold Medal Tournaments. He loved the woods and the waters – hunting, trapping, and fishing. Garden and lawn at home and at camp had to look their best.
          The foundation of Nap’s life was his Catholic faith; he was a life-long member of St. Francis Xavier/St. John Neumann Church.
          He was also a life-time member of these organizations: The United Auto Workers (Steward), The American Legion (Tony Revord Post #244), and the U.P. and National Trappers Association.
          Before becoming a patient, he was a volunteer at Pinecrest.
He is survived by Joanne, wife of 68 years, his daughter Renee (Duane) Faust, Madison, WI; Cheryl (Russ) Pirlot, Wilson, MI; Michelle LaBonte, Spalding, MI; Lynette LaBonte, Hermansville, MI; and sons Michael (Lennea), Spalding, MI; Patrick (Debra), Hermansville, MI; Keith, Spalding, MI; Kevin (Sheri), Spalding, MI; Dale (Mary), Spalding, MI.
          He also is survived by 29 grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren. Brothers Clell and Lemrod (Ethel). Sisters-in-law, Joyce Mills, Mae St. Juliana, and Mary Lee LaBonte, and many nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Gwenivere Gulseth, Alida Prey, Valeria Sperko, Joan Larson; brothers Kermit and Stephen. Granddaughter Shasta Pirlot and grandson Chad Hafeman.
 
          Friends may call from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. (CST) on Monday June 27, 2016 at the Allo Coolman Funeral Home in Spalding with Tony Revord American Legion post #244 rites at 6:30 p.m.. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2:00 p.m. (CST) on Tuesday June 28, 2016 at St. John Neumann Church with Fr. Michael Vichich officiating. Burial will follow Mass in the Spalding Township Cemetery. A luncheon will be held in the church parish hall.
 
          Please visit www.allofh.com to send online condolences to his family.

Condolences
  • "So very sorry for your loss. What a good man, and a good family. God bless his soul and all of you. I'll always remember him as always being so nice, always smiling and kind to me....and I will always look for him at the Gold Medal games. I don't ever remember being there without seeing him. Love to you all, With prayers and God's grace. Paula Pieropon "
    -Paula Pieropon

  • "Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We will always remember the fun time we had at the cabin. A wonderful host, quick to smile...he will be missed."
    -Dianne and Larry Yeske

  • "I loved him, What a smile he had and he danced with me! I will miss him. You are Allen my thoughts and prayers for peace and good memories."
    -Glenda Mock

  • "My deepest sympathy on the loss of your dad. He lived a full life of doing things for others. And will be missed. "
    -Carol (Kossel) Larson

  • "My deepest sympathy to you, Joanne, and to your family. I have many good memories of the farm and you and Jr. He was an amazing family man and loved by so many."
    -Rosemary LaFave Pesavento

  • "Our deepest sympathy to you, Joanne and your family. Regretfully we won't be able to make the services. We have another commitment that day, but our thoughts & prayers will be with you. "
    -Robert & Sharon Charles

  • "Renee and Duane - Our sympathies to you and your family on the loss of your Dad. Hold on to your memories. Sorry for your loss. Joyce and Bill Vorpahl"
    -Joyce and Bill Vorpahl

  • " Heaven just got a little brighter when you arrived~I miss you already,, "I love you too, honey"~ REALLY miss that, along with that beautiful kind smile of yours. You're one in a million Napster! Always the gentleman, May God continue to Bless and keep this family in His Merciful care always..I love you all. Kitty"
    -Kitty Topper

  • "Jim & I remember we took your Mom & Dad in our model A on there anniversary 3 years ago to labelles for dinner. It was so heart warming to see the love they had for each other & there kiss topped it off!! What a wonderful couple that have spent so many years together!! God bless Napoleon in his journey with God in heaven & God bless his beautiful wife that's left here & all the wonderful family. Our prayers & thoughts are with all of you. Jim & Diana MORASKA "
    -Jim & Diana MORASKA

  • "I'm so sorry for your loss. Love, Louise "
    -Louise White

  • "Michele, So very sorry for your loss, prayers and hugs, love you!!"
    -Doreen Reynolds

  • "Michelle and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May memories bring you joy and comfort. With deepest sympathy, Pat"
    -Pat Roach

  • "I remember he was always smiling! Such a wonderful kind hearted man he was. He will be missed and may your memories that you all cherish help you with your pain and grieving. So sorry for your loss.. "
    -Tiffany Poupore


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