Robert LeBlanc, 76, died Sunday (Dec. 9, 2012) surrounded by his loved ones.
He was born Aug. 5, 1936 in Port Arthur, Texas, and was proud of his Texas and Cajun heritage. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Port Arthur, Lamar College in Beaumont, Texas, and The Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. He taught public school in Dayton, Texas, and Oneonta, N.Y. He played in the Beaumont, Oneonta and Columbus Symphony Orchestras. He was retired as Professor Emeritus from The Ohio?State University in music. He was the first tuba instructor at OSU and touched many young lives through his teaching and conducting. He was Music Performance Division Chair, conducted bands and orchestras, played in the faculty Brass Quintet and was a founding member of the High Street Stompers. He was proud to have conducted in Carnegie Hall and played in Lincoln Center. Robert and Arden built a cabin in Morgan Co. with the help of his sons and many tuba players. He coached Little League baseball, football and basketball. He was well known as part of Hickory Ridge Kennels which produced Champion Labrador Retrievers and Border Terriers. He had been an officer in COKC and was on the zoning board in Berlin Township for many years.
He loved life and enjoyed his family, music, Mexican food and the Dallas Cowboys. His Cajun humor and gentleness will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Arden; sons, Bob (Hallie) and Jim (MJ); and grandson, Jacob.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Willow Brook Christian Village Terrace Room. 100 Delaware Crossing W, Delaware, OH 43015
"I'm ready … I'm ready to soar."
Published in The Delaware Gazette on Dec. 12, 2012