SIOUX CITY | Jay Marcy LaBelle, 65, of Sioux City passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014, at his residence with his family at his side.
Abiding by his wishes, the body was cremated. Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson-Berger Northside Chapel.
Jay LaBelle was born on Sept. 24, 1948, in Salina, Kan., the son of EJ and Carol (Marcy) LaBelle. Jay lived in Las Vegas, Nev., and Shreveport, La., before moving to Sioux City in 1955 at the age of seven. Jay graduated from Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, Mo. At Wentworth, he was on the MP Honor Squad and excelled in military science training.
He worked as a draftsman at LaBelle Engineering Company. He later went to Western Iowa Tech Community College truck driving school, after which he drove trucks for Heyl Truck Lines in Akron, Iowa. He had been a cowboy in the Nebraska Sandhills. During the short time that blackjack was legal in Iowa, he was a blackjack dealer at the Ozone Bar. Jay was part owner and manager of Land & Sky Waterbeds in Sioux City. Jay also worked at Prince Manufacturing Company for 35 years. He started in the engineering department as a draftsman. He then went back to college at Briar Cliff and earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science, then transferred to the information and technology department at Prince Manufacturing.
Jay liked old cars and owned several. His favorites were Studebakers. He owned a 1951 Studebaker Commander and a 1953 Studebaker Champion. He liked to work on them himself.
Jay is survived by his wife of 36 years, Jane LaBelle; his sons, Garet LaBelle; a sister, Judith Thompson of New Jersey; a brother, Clark LaBelle of Seattle, Wash.; and his dogs, Lego and Buddy.
Jay was preceded in death by two sons, Nathan and Cole LaBelle; his father, EJ LaBelle; and a sister, Rose Junge.
The family would like to thank their dear friends, Dean and Anita Kouris for a life time of fun and love.
We will miss you dearly Jay.