US Army Retired Reservist Lt. Colonel John Joseph LaBruyere

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For God so loved the world, that He gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16). On Friday, October 13, 2017, at 4:02pm, US Army Retired Reservist Lt. Colonel John Joseph LaBruyere began his eternity in Heaven.

John (Jack) was born to Lewis and Ruth LaBruyere on July 1, 1938 in Teaneck, New Jersey. He was raised in Pearl River, New York, with his younger sister. He joined the Army ROTC during college, served 2 years active duty in Korea after graduating from University of Dayton, and continued on with the Reserve Corps for almost 3 decades.

Anyone that knew him knew that the Army and our United States Military were his passion.

Throughout his adult life, the LaBruyere family lived all over the country – from New York to Maine to Ohio to Missouri to Illinois to California to Florida. He raised 4 daughters and was an active father – coaching softball and soccer for his girls. For the last 13 years, he was living in North Carolina with his wife Anne, where he found his eternal happiness.
Jack had a wonderful sense of humor, sprinkled with sarcasm, and had no problem sharing his opinions with others. He loved to play cards of any kind, but certainly poker was his preference. He sang karaoke regularly and had a beautiful voice singing his favorite Frank Sinatra tunes – especially “New York, New York.” He loved to golf and spend time with family and friends, whether in California or on the east coast.

He is predeceased by his youngest daughter Michele and his parents. He is survived by his daughters, Denise Marie Dimock, Karen Jean Everett and Traci Ann Orloff and his wife, Anne LaBruyere. He also leaves behind 8 grandchildren, his sister Donna Vhrel, 6 step-grandchildren, and 3 stepchildren (Colleen, Thomas and Roger Smith)

Wake 6:00-8:00 PM Thursday 19, 2017 at Quinn McGowen Funeral – Bradley Creek Chapel in Wilmington, NC. Funeral Mass 10:00 AM Friday 20, 2017 at Basilica Shrine of Saint Mary’s of Wilmington, NC.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Step Up For Soldiers stepupforsoldiers.org