Henry LaBore

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Henry J. LaBore, 99, Fargo, died, Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at the Veteran’s Medical Center in Fargo. Henry J. LaBore was born at home on January 11, 1920 in St. Paul, MN where he grew up and attended school. He was the 9th of 10 children. He graduated from Johnson High School in 1938. He enlisted in the MN Air National Guard in 1940 and served in the U.S. Air Force for 5 years during World War II. He married Clara Bill on May 16, 1942 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, St. Paul, MN. They were married for 66 years. Clara died on July 5, 2008. In 2016, Henry married Janet Whaley and resided at Riverview Place until his death. Henry worked for the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Traffic Controller at Fargo, being one of the original crew to open the control tower at Hector Field in 1953. Henry became the Tower Chief at the Bismarck airport in 1969, retiring in 1978 with 36 years of service to the federal government. He was a charter member of Holy Spirit Church, Fargo ND and was active in many church functions. He was a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus and a member of the American Legion. Henry was extremely proud of his large family of 7 children, 27 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and leaves a fine heritage for them to follow. Henry loved genealogy, tracing the LaBore family history back to the 1700‘s in France. He proudly researched his heritage for decades, kept detailed records, culminating his efforts in the writing of several books filled with family trees, pictures and stories. Other hobbies included, woodworking, gardening, fishing, reading and playing cards. Henry is survived by his wife, Janet Whaley LaBore, Fargo, ND, children, Mary J. Weiler, Fargo, ND, Susan Schnell (Harold) Alamogordo, NM, Christine Jacobson (Douglas) Fargo, ND, Rene LaBore (Larry Dittberner) St. Paul, MN, Barb Joraanstad (Paul) Federal Way, WA, Hank LaBore (Jayne), Selfridge, ND, Jane Klaers (William) Battle Lake, MN. He is preceded in death by his wife Clara, 1 grandchild, his parents, 6 brothers and 3 sisters. Memorials to “Sid Cichy Scholarship Fund” and cards may be sent to: Mary J. Weiler, 1121 4th Ave S, Fargo, ND, 58103. Visitation: 8:30 to 9:30 A.M. Monday, January 21, 2019 at Riverview Place Chapel, Fargo with a prayer service at 9:30 A.M. followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 A.M. Burial: Holy Cross Cemetery North, Fargo.


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  1. I meet Grandpa through the Jacobson Family (Christine) He was a Great Man who supported his family at every turn. He was always beaming with pride of the grandkids accomplishments. He will be missed, but leaves a lifetime of memories. Rest In Peace Grandpa, God’s speed! What a run of 99 years. Thoughts and prayers to the family ❤️
    Mike Delohery and Family

  2. As a close friend of daughter Barb and family, I send my condolences to her sisters and brother. You are in my heart and prayers at this time.
    Blessings to you all,
    Lonnie McWilliams
    Originally a North Dakota native.

  3. Through the past 13 years I have often thought my granddaughters Reina, Evy, and Maggie were so very blessed to have Grandpa LaBore in theirs lives. He was kind, caring and talented and shared his talents with them. I fondly remember him bouncing them on his knee as babies, attending their parties and programs, and writing them poems for special occasions!! We enjoyed spending time with Hank at family events. What a legacy this special man leaves you all. He will be missed.

  4. Hank was a force of nature and our hearts are filled with respect and affection for him. Barb, our sister in law, has told many, many stories of Hank and his ways.

    We are so glad that he and Clara were close friends with our parents Harold and Loretta. Throughout their relationship as in-laws, the Labore’s and Joraanstad’s enjoyed sharing family stories, playing cards, savoring all the good things that come with strong friendships—and we are grateful.

    Hank and Clara were role models for my brother Paul and Barb. And Hank reserved a special place in his heart for his grand children especially his grand son Jon Joraanstad. And for me and Bob the gay couple from San Francisco? We were always welcome at the table,and given the right hand of friendship. God bless the life and times of a great man. As Barb has often said “Hank had a story book life.”
    Dan Joraanstad and Bob Hermann

  5. Deepest sympathy to the entire LaBore family. My father Frank and your mother were cousins, and my Dad thought the world of both of your parents. He died in 1985, but I know his brother George and and sister-in-law Marge Mielzarek kept in contact with your mom and dad over the years.

    Though I only met your dad a few times many years ago, I’ll always remember his kindness.

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