LTC Rene “Rusty” J. LeBlanc, Jr.

LTC (Retired) Rene “Rusty” J. LeBlanc, Jr., CRNA; age 58 went to be with the Lord on December, 4 2012 while at home surrounded by family and friends.

Col. LeBlanc and his wife of 23 years, Phyllis, moved to the Shenandoah Valley in 2007. Col. LeBlanc was a certified registered nurse anesthetist on staff at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock, VA.

He earned his BSN degree in 1976 from the Medical College of Georgia.  He then entered the United States Army where he received his degree in anesthesia while on active duty in 1980.  He practiced anesthesia in the Army while on active duty until 1987, and then as a reservist until he retired in 2003.

His Army career took him to California, Texas, South Carolina, Georgia, New York, Alabama and Florida.

Col. LeBlanc practiced anesthesia as a civilian from 1987 to August on 2009.  His private practice career took him to Alabama, Florida, and Virginia.  While practicing in Woodstock, he was diagnosed with Glioblastoma multiform, a type of brain cancer.

Col. LeBlanc had a love for life.  He was a certified skydiver, advanced scuba diver, a motorcyclist, and sprint triathlete.  He also enjoyed running and biking for community fundraisers.  He was an avid Georgia Bulldog fan.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Williams in Guntersville AL and at St. John Bosco in Woodstock, VA.

Both Col. and Mrs. LeBlanc enjoyed fellowship at St. John Bosco Catholic and Emanuel Episcopal Churches.

Col. LeBlanc was preceded in death by his parents Rene J. LeBlanc Sr. and Francis Elizabeth Parker LeBlanc of North Augusta, SC.

He is survived by his loving wife Phyllis Deal Harbin LeBlanc, his daughter Heather Stewart and two sons, Rene J. LeBlanc III, and Aaron J. LeBlanc from a previous marriage, and a step daughter Dana Harbin Fisher.  He has six grandchildren, Aspen L. LeBlanc, Rene J. LeBlanc IV, Kalina M. LeBlanc, Isiaiha T. LeBlanc, Tanner Fisher, and Katelynn B. Fisher, a sister JoAnn LeBlanc Dillon and bother-in-law Edward of SC, many nieces and nephews, and long-time friends Tom and Joyce Balk of FL and Wayne and Sheri Kirch of AL.

The family will receive friends Thursday, December 6th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Dellinger Funeral Home, 159 N. Main Street, Woodstock, VA 22664.  A rosary service will begin at 7:30.

The Funeral Mass will be held at St. John Bosco Catholic Church located at 315 N. Main St. Woodstock, on Friday, December 7th at 11:00 a.m.

In Lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Col. LeBlanc’s favorite charities;Knights of Columbus or the Out Reach program at St. John Bosco Catholic Church, 315 N. Main Street, Woodstock VA 22664; Or to the American Cancer Society 2654 Valley Avenue, Suite B, Winchester, Virginia 22601.

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13 Condolences to LTC Rene “Rusty” J. LeBlanc, Jr.

  1. The Hathaways says:

    We are so sorry for your loss! He will be greatly missed! Praying the Lord gives you peace & comfort that surpasses all understanding.

  2. kimy concepcion says:

    You will forever be in our hearts and will always be missed. We love u so much!!

  3. Arleca says:

    I was so fortunate to have known Rusty. He was a wonderful man and we will miss him forevermore. My thoughts and prayers are with Phyllis and the rest of the family. Love to you all.

  4. The testermans says:

    Rus was a friend and co-worker. Our prayers and thoughts go out to all the family.May God bless you all as you go through this most difficult time.

  5. One of his brother Knights. says:

    We brother Knights always say “Tempus fugit. Momento More”. Time flies. Remember death.”
    I often recall the words of Longfellow, paraphrasing the gospels: “Life is real. Life is earnest, and the grave is not the goal. Dust thou art, to dust returneth, was not spoken of the soul.” Rus and his family will remain in our prayers especially each year at our memorial for our brother knights and their families.

  6. Lee and Rita Dieter says:

    Phyllis,
    Rita and I are so sorry that we will not be able to attend the services for our good friend Russ. We are with our Children on the West Coast, our prayers and thoughts are with you now as you know. What faith the Man Had! What an example!! We love you all.
    God Bless, Lee and Rita

  7. Joyce Aultman, CRNA says:

    Rusty was one of the finest CRNAs I have ever had the opportunity to work with. He found a place in all of our hearts at Marshall Medical Center North. He will be greatly missed!

  8. David J. Carter says:

    Rusty, thanks for sharing your friendship with me. There is nothing more valuable than a true friend. We will meet again. Love you “Old Bull”. I can’t wait to continue our conversations. “Young Bull”

  9. J.Wynn Jacobs, M.D. says:

    Thank you, Russ for always providing my patients with a gentle glide into the painless peace of effective anesthesia. Knowing they were safe and comfortable, I could concentrate on performing surgery. Thank you for your kindness and for your contributions to our far ranging conversations. I have missed them and you.

  10. Amber White RN says:

    I had the pleasure of working with Rus at Marshall Medical Center North. He taught me so much about nursing and life. We both love sports and had a bond over Georgia Bulldogs. We still display the plaque you made for us Rusty! Much love, Amber White

  11. Thomas W. Downes, M.D. says:

    Thanks Rus, for the caring and professional manner in which you gave our patients anesthesia at Marshall Medical Center North. My favorite memory of you will always be our games of Lord of the Rings Trivial Pursuit. I will be thinking of you and Phyllis when I go see The Hobbit. Tenna’ ento lye omenta.

  12. Anita M Atchley says:

    we love u uncle Rusty and will always thank you for giving mom and I the great hook up about the E cigs

  13. Al and Wanda Trotter says:

    What a privilege and pleasure to have know and worked with Rus. Many pleasant conversations in the OR. What a good friend and co-worker. What an infectious love of life. We think of you often Rus. See you on the other side, when we “catch up”.