Rodney J. “Joe” LaChapelle

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Whitehall, New York – Rodney J. “Joe” LaChapelle Sr., 88, passed away on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at his daughter’s home in Hebron, New York, after a short illness.

Born on July 24, 1933, in Whitehall, he was the son of the late Mitchell “Mitch” and Bertha (Bessette) LaChapelle.

Joe was a graduate of Whitehall High School. Upon graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army, and served his country from 1954 to 1956. After his active service he joined the N.Y. National Guard in Whitehall.

He enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing, traveling and going to the casinos.

He was a member of the Save Our Skene (SOS) Organization, which kept Skene Manor from being sold and kept it as an historic landmark in Whitehall. He was a long-time member of the Whitehall American Legion, and during his tenure as commander was instrumental in getting the Veterans Wall honoring local veterans erected in Riverside Park.

Joe retired from the New York State Department of Corrections after 33 years of faithful service to New York.

Joe was predeceased by his two wives Marion (Radomski) LaChapelle and Catherine (Labshere) LaChapelle, as well as two sisters, Elaine (Norm) Barrows and Evelyn (Bill) VanGuilder and two brothers Marvin (Gladys) LaChapelle, and Micky LaChapelle.

He is survived by his four children Rod (Mary) LaChapelle of South Glens Falls, New York, Tim (Sandy) LaChapelle of Gloucester, Virginia, Randy (Joan) LaChapelle of Hartford, New York and Lori (Ray) Darrah of Hebron; a half-sister Kim Aubin; a sister-in-law Bev (Micky) LaChapelle; his grandchildren Annelise, Shawn, Jenell, Mikayla, Aimee, Lee, Jax and Chris; and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call on Tuesday, May 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. The Whitehall American Legion Post 83 will conduct a Legionaries Service at 6:45 p.m. An additional calling hour will be held on Wednesday, May 25, from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Jillson Funeral Home Inc., 46 Williams St. in Whitehall.

A graveside service will follow the calling hours at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25, in the Our Lady of Angels Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the Whitehall American Legion Post 83.

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