Phone: (906) 786-2142
400 S 10th St. - Escanaba, Michigan 49829
West 3755 US 2 - Spalding, Michigan 49886
Ronald "Ron" D. LaBelle Sr.
Date of Death: January, 01 2016

         Ronald "Ron" D. LaBelle Sr., 76 of Wilson, MI passed away unexpectedly on the evening of January 1, 2016. Born on February 7, 1939 he was raised in Wilson and graduated from the Harris High School in 1957.  Ron served in the National Guard from 1957-1964.  He married Joanne Kirschner on August 5, 1961.  They started their life together living in Chicago, IL until 1971 and then in Schaumburg, IL until 1978.  While living in Illinois Ron was a truck driver for Certified Grocers.  In 1978 he and Joanne and their family returned to the Upper Peninsula where they owned and operated LaBelle’s Inn of Spalding, MI and in 1984 also the Candlelight Motel in Powers Mi.
          Ron’s greatest joy was his family and many friends. He always had time to talk to anyone and was noted for his willingness to always lend a helping hand. Throughout the years some of Ron’s hobbies included skiing and snowmobiling and he loved watching NASCAR and Packer Football.  Ron loved to travel.  He took trips abroad to Germany and France and fishing trips to Canada and was even talked into a cruise once!  But what Ron was most known for was his love of traveling all over the United States including Alaska and Canada on his motorcycle.  August of 2015 Ron and his brother Ed marked their 32nd consecutive trip out west to the Sturgis bike rally—never trailering it!
          Ron is survived by his wife: Joanne, daughter: Kerry LaBelle, son: Ron LaBelle Jr., grandsons: Mitchell Folcik, Nicholas Folcik (Ann Marie), Jacob Folcik, Bryce LaBelle, Ron LaBelle III, Cayden LaBelle and granddaughter: Mya LaBelle. He is also survived by his brothers: William LaBelle, Edward LaBelle, Gerald (Lenore) LaBelle, Larry LaBelle, sisters-in-law: Linda Lynch, Carlyn (Jim) Lynch, brothers-in-law: Bill Kleikamp, Ken (Pam) Kirschner, Joe (Teri) Kirschner, good friend: Pat Kleikamp and many nieces and nephews.
          Ron was preceded in death by his parents Martha and Dona LaBelle, his parents-in-law: Ann and Joseph Kirschner, sister-in-law: Marilyn Kleikamp and brothers-in-law: Keith Kirschner and Peter Lynch.
          friends may call from 12:00 (noon) to 3:30 p.m. (CST) on Wednesday January 6, 2016 at the Allo Coolman Funeral Home in Spalding with Tony Revord American Legion Post #244 rites at 3:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 4:00 p.m. (CST) on Wednesday at St. John Neumann Church in Spalding with Fr. Michael Vichich officiating. A luncheon will follow Mass at LaBelle's Inn. Burial will take place in the Bark River Cemetery in the spring.
          In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the LaBelle family and a memorial will be decided in Ronald D. Labelle's name.
          Please visit to send online condolences to his family.

  • "We would like to extend our sympathies to Joanne, Kerry, Ron and the entire family. We are so sorry for the loss of Ron....he will be greatly missed. "
    -Pete and Karen Anderla

  • "Prayers to Joanne..Kerry n Ron.....he was a great man n will be missed by all of us"
    -Amber stenberg

  • "Dear Joanne and family. Pat and I could never thank you enough for all the kindness you both showed to our family when we lost our son Curtis. Our hearts hurt for you. Ron was such a good person, sharing his business, and time in this community. I will miss him, he always had a smile and a how are ya, when I tanned at the motel, football or nascar always on the t.v.. "
    -kathy and pat grondin

  • "We would like to extend our condolences to your family, our prayers and thoughts go out to you."
    -Steve Sheski and family

  • "My heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Ron. He was a great guy that loved his family and life. He will be missed by all. "
    -Tiffany Poupore

  • "JoAnne and family, My heart goes out to you during this time of loss. Ron was a great man who was loved and respected by many. I cherish the time I got to work for the family at the restaurant, many great memories!!! Sending strength and comfort your way! "

  • "Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family, Joanne. Ron was always so nice to us, he will be missed. Peace & Love to all of you."
    -Marc Maga & Barb Moser

  • "Joanne, Kerry, Ron & Families - our heartfelt sympathy to all of you during this difficult time. He was such a great person and would do anything for you - all you had to do was ask. Hugs and prayers to all of you. He will be missed."
    -Cathy & Frank Phelps

  • "You are in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your loss he will be missed."
    -Kathy and Larry Jenkins

  • "Joanne and family-you are in our thoughts and prayers. May god wrap his arms around your family and give you comfort. Ron touched many people's lives with his kindness "
    -Mike and Diane Buckland

  • "Joanne and family, So sorry to hear about Ron's passing. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Paul Moroni"
    -paul moroni

  • "Our prayer for Joanne. Kerrick and Ron Jr on the loss of a good man. He will be missed by all. No more will we see him riding by or working out side on his many projects. Thoughts and prayers during this sad time. Love the Borucki's "
    -Borucki Family

  • "Our condolences Joanne and the entire family on the loss of Ron. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. "
    -Harry and Tom Beilfus, Joe Gagliano & The Gagliano Family from Illinois

  • "Ron will surely be missed. He had done so much for our community. Also, as a motorcyclist myself, I did not know he made the pilgrimage to Sturgis for so many years. Quite an accomplishment! Our prayers are with all the LaBelle family. "
    -Severson Family

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