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1933 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Edward LeFebvre Obituary
Edward E. LeFebvre

San Antonio, Texas —Edward E. LeFebvre passed away April 4, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas. He was born March 9, 1933 in Great Falls, Montana to E.A. and Elsie LeFebvre. His first two years of college were at Northern Montana College in Havre, MT where he met the love of his life, Sarah Baker. He transferred to the University of Washington at Seattle where he graduated with a BA in chemistry in 1954. He and Sarah married in Sept 1953. They returned to Montana after Ed's graduation. Ed enlisted in the Air Force and was sworn in on 20 October 1954 during the Korean Conflict. After basic training, he became an Atomic Weapons Fusing System technician. In 1958, Ed was released from active duty and returned to Montana. Ed remained in the Air Force Reserve and worked for the Montana Health Department in Helena as a chemist. He served the state Highway Patrol and local police agencies as an expert witness for drunk-driving cases. In the AF Reserve, as a TSgt he was the highest ranking enlisted man so he became First Sergeant of the Air Reserve Squadron in Helena, MT. Because state employees were not highly paid, Ed also worked at night as an admissions and insurance clerk at St. John's Hospital. In 1962, after 4 years in Helena, Ed received a direct commission as a 1st Lt in the Air Force as a Laboratory Officer in the USAF Medical Service Corps (Biomedical Sciences Corp). Ed was recalled to active duty in June 1962 where his first assignment was at McClellan AFB, CA at the Air Force Regional Environmental Health Laboratory. In 1966, Ed got orders for the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks AFB in San Antonio where he was assigned to work on research for the Manned Orbital Laboratory project conducting scientific experiments in space. In 1968, Ed was assigned to the Regional Environmental Health Laboratory at Kelly AFB TX. Ed obtained his Master of Science degree in Environmental Management from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1975. Working with the faculty, he was also an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Occupational Health for the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, San Antonio Campus. Also, in 1975, the Air Force consolidated three laboratories from Kelly AFB, McClellan AFB in California, and Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio to the USAF Occupational and Environmental Health Laboratory at Brooks AFB, TX. Ed became the first Chief, Analytical Services Division for USAF OEHL. In 1979, he was appointed a Military Consultant in Environmental Chemistry to the USAF Surgeon General. On December 1, 1984, after 30 years of dedicated service Ed retired from the USAF as a Lt Colonel. After retiring from the Air Force, Ed went to work for the State of Virginia as Director of the Bureau of Chemistry for the state Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services. Besides his work as a state official, Ed was active with American Legion Post 84 as Adjutant, Commander and a member of the Memorial Rifles honor guard providing military honors at the burial of veterans of all wars. He was active in many other volunteer areas such as serving as Director of Public Affairs for the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) where he conducted the ROTC medals program for high schools and universities as well as establishing the Chapter Scholarship Program and serving on the Legislative Affairs Committee. Ed retired again on June 1, 2000, from Virginia after 15 years of service. In 2005, Ed and Sarah returned to San Antonio to be closer to their children. At the time of his passing, Ed was serving as the treasurer and director on their Home Owners Association Board of Directors. He was a lifetime member and the Finance Officer for a local American Legion Post 612 and an active member of the local chapter of MOAA. He was also an active Boy Scout volunteer for many years serving at the troop and district levels. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sarah; his four children, Anne Mueller (Rick), Mike LeFebvre, Mary Beth Artemis (Steve), and Amy Smith (Bill); 4 grandchildren, Douglas Mueller (Erin), Becky Coulter (Lucas), Jennifer Salfen, and William Smith; and four great-grandchildren. A graveside service with military honors will be held Monday, April 14, 2014, at 10:45 a.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.

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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Apr. 10, 2014
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