Louis Henry LeBlanc, Jr., 83, of Loudon, NH passed away at home Tuesday, November 1, 2022.
Louis was born in Nashua, NH on March 17, 1939, the youngest son and child of the late Louis H. and Eva (Bibeau) LeBlanc. He attended Sacred Heart Academy, Nashua Senior High School graduating in 1957, and went on to attend UNH where he majored in Mechanical Engineering. While at UNH, he trained in ROTC for four years and was commissioned 2nd Lt. USAF on the day of his graduation, June 11th, 1961. He received his first assignment at Travis Air Force Base in California reporting on August 25, 1961, as an aircraft Maintenance officer. He remained at Travis AFB until May 1963 when he received orders for transfer to Kadena AFB, Okinawa Japan as 1st Lt. Maintenance Control Officer for planes repair traveling to many parts of the world during the beginning of the Vietnam War. While at Travis, he returned to Nashua to marry his sweetheart Pauline (Richard) LeBlanc on June 2nd,1962. “Polly” then joined him in California until he left for Okinawa, then returned to Nashua where their first child was born. He was honorably discharged from the USAF in 1964 as Captain.
After leaving the military, Louis accepted a position in Claremont, NH as a Product Design Engineer for Joy Manufacturing, manufacturers of mining and construction equipment. He was promoted to Senior Product Engineer holding 4 patents and 12 patent disclosures. While at Joy, he designed items for the lunar module and received two cost reduction awards – a silver medal award for $100,000 and a gold for $200,000. In 1983, he went to work for the Timken Co. in Lebanon, NH as Senior Product Design and Development Engineer, specifying anti-friction bearings for many difficult gear boxes such as those on jet engines and helicopters. Lou retired in April of 2003. During his career, he contributed to many civic organizations as assistant Boy Scout master troop 317, Claremont HUD Committee Member, Boy Scout committee member troop 38, and president of Joy Federal Credit Union. He was actively involved with his church as lector and Eucharistic Minister and taught CCD to 6th and 8th grade students in addition to serving as Chair of the Pastoral Council Finance Committee. He was also a statewide presenter with his wife for the Time and Talent, Treasure Program at many area churches. He hosted Bible Study Group at his home and conducted a weekly prayer service at the Sullivan County Home with the Sisters of Mercy for homebound parishioners. He was a member of the K of C third and fourth degree serving as Grand Knight and Chancellor while organizing many charitable fund raisers.
Louis was predeceased by his brothers Leo, Roger, and Edgar (Gerry), as well as his sisters Loretta Bouley and Pauline Roberge and their spouses. Members of his surviving family include his wife of 60 years, Pauline R. LeBlanc; daughters Susan Guertin and her husband Paul of Manchester, NH; Lisa LeBlanc of West Newbury, MA and her partner Peter Majeski; Tricia Rebello and her husband Michael of Dighton, MA; his son, Jeffrey LeBlanc and his wife Sheri of Lebanon, NH; seven grandchildren, Lynn and Elise LeBlanc, Emily Lewis, Caroline and William Clark, Sarah and Joshua Rebello; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will receive visitors Saturday, November 12, 2022, 10:00am-12:00pm at Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium, 172 King Street in Boscawen. Memorial service will begin at noon in the funeral home chapel and guests will be invited to attend a luncheon immediately following. Louis will be laid to rest with military honors Monday, November 14th at 11:00am at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, 110 Daniel Webster Highway in Boscawen.