James “Jim” Raymond LeBlanc, a native of DeQuincy, and a resident of Baton Rouge, passed away on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at the age of 87.
James was a longtime member of St. George Catholic Church. After graduation from DeQuincy High School, he served in the US Navy from August of 1951 to August of 1955. He served on the LST 715, “DeKalb County” and the U.S.S. Satyr ARL-23. Awards he received include the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Good Conduct Medal.
He retired from LSU (Accounting Services), and held various positions over his 39 years at Boyd-Ewing Post 58 including Post Commander, Post Adjutant, and Finance Office. He was also a Life Member of the American Legion. James had a passion for genealogy, even traveling overseas to France and Switzerland to do research. He also went to Nova Scotia for the 2004 Acadian World Congress and LeBlanc family reunion.
He was a season ticket holder for the LSU basketball team wearing his “Tiger Fur Outfit” with his family to the games since the early ‘70s. When his kids were younger, they would travel to away games while visiting with family throughout the southeast and Texas. He also did work for United Way and was a member of the Cajun Clickers Computer Club.
He is survived by the love of his life and wife of 57 years, Josephine Diethelm LeBlanc; sons, Joel M. LeBlanc and wife Tanya of Denham Springs and Jon K. LeBlanc of Walker; granddaughter, Lauren L. Jandle of Prairieville; grandsons, Jarad M. LeBlanc and Ryen J. LeBlanc both of Denham Springs; great-grandson Logan D. Jandle of Prairieville; sisters, Mercedes Pierson of Beaumont, Texas and Mary Agnes “Putsy” Sliman of Biloxi, Miss.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Rita LeBlanc; brothers, Elton LeBlanc and Lawrence LeBlanc; sisters, Ethel Palma, Thelma Pinder, Marian Kimball, and Rita Joyce Aucoin.
Visitation was at Rabenhorst Funeral Home East, 11000 Florida Blvd., on Wednesday, May 20, from 1 to 4 p.m. There was a family graveside service on Thursday, May 21, at St. George Catholic Church Cemetery at 10:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations were made to Alzheimer’s of Baton Rouge or a charity of choice.