Saturday, September 5, 2009

Arthur J. Le Blanc

Arthur Joseph Le Blanc — also known as "Art" or "AJ" — passed away Saturday, Sept. 5, after a short illness.

He was born March 15, 1935, son of the late Arthur J. and Margaret ( nee: Dore) Le Blanc, in Chicago, IL, where he lived most of his life. He graduated from the University of Illinois and volunteered as a corporal in the U.S. Army. He worked in insurance for several years, first as a salesman and then as an audio-visual producer.

After retiring, he sold yachts at Waukegan Harbor, where he also lived on his sailboat. Art loved opera, football, photography, model railroads and sailing. He competed in 33 Chicago - Mackinac races, winning 1st place in 1961. He was a proud member of the Old Goats Club at the Chicago Yacht Club. After moving to Racine in 2005, he became a member of the Racine Yacht Club and the RAM - Racine Art Museum. Art will be recalled fondly as a kind and gentle man and a born storyteller.

Mr. Le Blanc is remembered lovingly by his wife, Marilyn Zierten-Le Blanc; by his daughters, Margaret (Vaughn) Brandt of Madison, and Aimee Le Blanc (John) Vapensky of Evanston, IL; his two grandchildren, Alex and Molly; his brother, James Le Blanc; also by Marilyn's children, Greg Peyton (Julia), James Peyton (Deborah), Kevin Peyton (Karen), Dennis Peyton (Marcela), Timothy Peyton (Tammy), Shawn Peyton, and Sheila Petyon (Dennis Tait); nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

Funeral services with full military honors will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, at 6 p.m. Private interment will be held at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4 until time of services. Memorials to the Sea Scouts or to the RAM- Racine Art Museum have been suggested.

803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888

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