Joseph F. Labuta, age 82, of Raritan Twp

Joseph F. Labuta, age 82, of Raritan Twp., NJ passed away on Monday, January 9, 2017 at Hunterdon Medical Center in Raritan Twp., NJ.

He was born on October 31, 1934 in Jersey City, NJ.  He resided in Raritan Twp., NJ for the past 8 years, moving from High Bridge and Lebanon Twp. where he resided for most of his life.

He was the son of the late Joseph E. and Frances Skacil Labuta.

He was the husband of Florence C. McDonough Labuta, celebrating 52 years of marriage.  Joseph and Florence were married at St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church in Jersey City, NJ.

Joseph was a US Navy veteran, serving as a RM2 during the Korean War from 1954 to 1962 on the submarine USS Trumpetfish (SS-425).

After his military service, Joseph earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ.

Joseph worked for Western Electric in Newark, NJ where he was involved with training the North East Region.  He later went on to work for Fimbel Door Manufacturing in Whitehouse, NJ.  Upon his retirement in June of 2004, he worked part-time for Spruce Run Aluminum in Lebanon, NJ.

Memberships include St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in High Bridge, NJ.  He was a 4th Degree Knight in Council #10627 and PJPII Assembly 3293.  Joseph was an Eagle Scout and was a past Boy Scout troop leader.  He was also involved in Girl Scouts.

Survivors in addition to his loving wife include one son; Brian Labuta and his wife Susan of High Bridge, NJ.  Two daughters; Karen Shea and her husband Kevin of Pittstown, NJ and Christine Labuta of Flemington, NJ.  One grandson; Jack Shea.

Calling hours will be Friday, January 13, 2017 from 2pm – 4pm and 6pm – 8pm.  Members of Joe’s 4th Degree Assembly will deliver a proclamation and rosary decade at 7:30pm.  All at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ.  Funeral Mass will be Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 10am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 59 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ.  Interment will be private.

Memorials can be made to the Knights of Columbus Council #10627, 59 Main Street, High Bridge, NJ 08829.