Lee S. LaBrash

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Lee Smith LaBrash

Lee LaBrash, age 92, passed away on June 12, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.  Lee was born on February 24, 1921 in Elsberry, MO.  He was the oldest of nine children.  Lee joined the U.S. Navy in 1939, and travelled across the country by train to reach the U.S.S. Mellville  *http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Melville_(AD-2)#Service_history, where he would visit many corners of the world, including the Panama Canal, Brazil, Jamaica, Cuba, Virgin Islands, Bermuda, England, Ireland and Iceland.  Lee served as a Chief Metalsmith until he was discharged in 1945. 

On December 27, 1942, Lee married Elizabeth Anne Mayer LaBrash, an RN, in Chillicothe, OH, and together they had three children.  Lee loved the outdoors, as well as hunting and fishing.  Both he and Elizabeth loved to travel, visiting all mainland 48 states.  Elizabeth visited Alaska as well. 

Lee was a member of the Masons and the Washington Park United Methodist Church, as well as a proud Democrat.  He also taught vocational trades at the Federal Correctional Institution of Englewood, CO. 

Lee is survived by three children: Frank Arthur LaBrash, Margot Jean LaBrash and Henri Lee LaBrash, all of Denver, CO; two siblings: James Edgar LaBrash of Canon City, CO and  Charles  Eugene LaBrash and his wife Kathleen "Kitty" of Englewood, CO and sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and her husband Howard Brown of New Concord, Ohio also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. 

He is preceeded in death by his parents Arthur Lee LaBrash and Mary Watts Huckstep LaBrash, his loving wife Elizabeth Anne Mayer LaBrash; six siblings: Richard Taylor LaBrash, Betty June Gallagher, Robert Edward LaBrash, Mary Elizabeth Sellman, Shirley Sue Snider, and Margaret Ann Halstead; a niece, Susan  Kathleen LaBrash, and a nephew, Wayne Veenendaal.

Services were held at Bullock Colonial Chapel on Friday, June 21st at 11:30 am.  Reverend David Dunn officiated.  Interment was at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, CO where Lee was honored by the U.S. Navy and the All Veterans Honor Guard with a flag and the playing of Taps.  Lee was also honored with the presence of his Masonic brothers. A reception was held at Washington Park United Methodist Church.  The family asks that anyone wishing to donate in Lee's memory please donate to the charity of your choice. 


Obituary updated on October 10, 2013

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