Mr. Leonard LaBoo, Sr., also known affectionally as “Sarge,” entered into his life’s journey on March 14, 1930 and transitioned from time into eternity on January 19, 2019. His mother, Florence and father George LaBoo were grateful as another son, whom they named “Leonard”, had come into the world as part of their blossoming family.
After being educated in the New Hanover County School System, he was employed in several occupations, becoming a very skilled carpenter. Building and creating things with his hands were activities he thoroughly enjoyed. However, as the Korean Conflict arose on history’s horizon, Mr. LaBoo saw fit to come to his country’s defense. On November 7, 1950, he became a proud member of the United States Army. During his two tours of duty, “Sarge” as his fellow compatriots called him, was awarded several medals. These included the Korean Service Medal with three bronze service stars and the United Nations Service Medal. Further, as a part of his soldierly duties, Mr. LaBoo served with the Military Police, helping to ensure that order, discipline and safety were secure. After serving honorably and stalwartly in the military, he sought to further his education through college courses offered at Williston High School, under the GI Bill. There, he met the lovely Elsie McQuillan, with whom he fell in love and married. Their union led to a family of five children. Unfortunately, his dear wife preceded him in death in 1985.