McClusky, ND, formerly of Massachusetts — Jim grew up and attended school in Merrimac. He was a member of the local Boy Scout troop and the Big Brother organization. He served two years and was honorably discharged from the United States Army. Before returning home, he married Ruth Herrmann of St. James, N.Y., and worked in the Engel-Lewis shoe factory, ran a trash removal business, and was a volunteer fireman, all in Merrimac. He later married Eleanore Toohey of Methuen, Mass., and worked for Ogden-Martin of Haverhill and for the City of Haverhill. They moved to McClusky, N.D., in 2003. Jim was a member of the Plaistow, N.H., Fish and Game Club, the American Legion, AmVets, and other organizations.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanore of McClusky of North Dakota; three sons, Stephen Le Bel of Seabrook, N.H., Andrew Le Bel of Exeter, N.H., James Le Bel Jr. of Edgewater, Colo.; daughter, Marianne Garfi of Groveland, Mass.; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Jim was preceded in death by an infant son, Fred, and his half-brother, Arthur of Ormond Beach, Fla.
ARRANGEMENTS: Family and Friends will share a memorial service Saturday, July 27, 2013, at 2 p.m., at Locust Grove Cemetery, Merrimac, Mass.