87 of Keene died peacefully in the comfort of his home while at rest. He passed with the love of family close at hand on June 4, 2011.
Bob was born the son of Melinda (Jolly) and Ernest LaBarre on August 21, 1923 in Keene. He was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School class of 1941. He has been a lifelong resident of Keene.
On September 11, 1942 Mr. LaBarre enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. Being one of the greatest generation he felt it necessary to enlist and protect his country. He served his country with distinction and was deployed to the Pacific Theatre of Operations. He spent a large portion of his service on troop support and amphibious support ships. His time in service brought him to the battle of Iwo Jima and other battles within the war for the pacific. Private First Class LaBarre was the recipient of a Purple Heart, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and a Good Conduct Medal. He was discharged at the rank of Private First Class with an Honorable Discharge.
Mr. LaBarre was formerly married to Betty (Swan) Bartlett whom he stayed friends with for all these years.
After being discharged from the Marine Corps Bob worked many different companies. He eventually retired in 1985 from the Homestead Woolen Mills in Swanzey after thirty five years of loyal service.
Robert was a life time member of the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars in Keene Post 799. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting. He could be seen taking his daily walk around the city. Most days walking five to ten miles each day.
Mr. LaBarre is survived by his two sons; Robert P. LaBarre Jr. of Keene and Daniel R. LaBarre and his life partner Ann Kellam of Putney, VT. His siblings Irene Metivier of Surry, Geraldine Newell of Keene and Joseph LaBarre and his wife Gloria of Roxbury. His presence will be missed by his nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
At Mr. LaBarre’s request there are no calling hours. A graveside service with full military honors will take place on Saturday June 11, 2011 at 10am. in the veteran’s section of Monadnock View Cemetery, Park Ave. Keene. He will be buried with full military honors. Flowers will gladly be accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Robert P. LaBarre Sr. to Hospice and Community Services 312 Marlboro St. Keene, NH. 03431. All services are under the direction of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel 44 Maple Ave. Keene.