James Ernest LeBlanc, 69, of Amarillo, Texas, and formerly of Ogdensburg, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in Cox Funeral Home Benton Chapel with Jerry Bell officiating. Arrangements are by Cox Funeral Home, 4180 Canyon Drive.
James was born Nov. 20, 1942, in Ogdensburg, to Joseph Ernest and Lucinda Garno LeBlanc. He graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy in 1961.
On Nov. 16, 1963, he married his high school sweetheart, Diana Costa, in Ogdensburg. Mr. LeBlanc and his family moved to Amarillo in 1974 and enjoyed a great life together. He also enjoyed his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and the time they spent together. He was awaiting the birth of an additional great-grandchild.
James retired from the Postal Service after 21 years. He enjoyed the outdoors, watching hockey, fishing and golfing.
James was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. The family wishes to express their thanks and gratitude to Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospice.
He was preceded in death by his high school sweetheart and wife of 46 years, Diana LeBlanc; a son, Michael Joseph LeBlanc; his parents, Joseph and Lucinda LeBlanc; and two sisters, Beverly King and Jean Limoges.
Survivors include his four daughters, Diana “Dee Dee” Rios and husband Leonard, Jamie LeBlanc, Michelle LeBlanc and Jodie Christian and husband Farron, all of Amarillo; four sisters, Janet Thompson of Lakeland, Fla., Pat Hand of Amarillo, Ann Miller of Mexico, N.Y., and Jane LeBlanc of Clearwater, Fla.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many other loved ones, including nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family will receive guests from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorials to be to BSA Hospice, P.O. Box 950, Amarillo, TX 79105