William Ray LaBorde – Brainerd Dispatch

William Ray LaBorde, 76, of Fairfield Township, passed away peacefully in hospital with his family by his side on September 2, 2022, after sustaining a fall injury. Bill was born August 20, 1946 in Crosby, Minnesota to Phyllis (Olander) and George LaBorde. He was the second eldest of eight children.

Bill was a Vietnam War veteran and member of the Ironton American Legion Post 443. After working for Scorpion in Crosby upon his return from the military, Bill worked with the Teamsters union for 35 years in the division of the construction of pipelines and on film productions. . He was a devoted father to his son William and daughter Jodi. In 1984 Bill married his loving wife of 38 years Julie.

Bill loved the outdoors and enjoyed fishing and gardening with his wife and also hunting with friends and family. Bill loved to tease and had a memorable laugh and beaming smile. He was kind, generous and friendly to everyone he met. He loved deeply and always told you how he felt, never missing an opportunity to let you know he cared. He often visited family and friends and shared everything but his secret fishing spots.

Bill is survived by his wife Julie (Gordon) LaBorde; son Bill (Johnny Randall) LaBorde of Las Vegas; his daughter Jodi (Eric) McDonald of Las Vegas; one brother Randy LaBorde of Breezy Point; four sisters, his twin Marilyn (Gene) Moritz of Crosby, Dianna Erickson of California, Wendy Johnson of Deerwood and Judy (Greg) Steinke of Deerwood; two sisters-in-law, Kathy LaBorde of Fairfield Township and Jennifer Turner of Crosslake; granddaughter Kylie McDonald of Las Vegas; great-grandson Ozzy Hampton of Las Vegas; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Before Bill in death were his parents and two brothers, George LaBorde Jr. “Louie” and James “Jim” LaBorde.

A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Crosby. Visitation will be one hour before the church service.

Arrangements are with Koop Funeral Home in Crosby.

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