REINBECK (KWWL) -- The family of Command Sergeant Major John Keith Laborde says he died of a heart attack.
The family says Laborde was performing physical training on the morning of April 22nd.
Afterwards, he started complaining of dizziness and collapsed.
A Soldier caught him and helped him to the ground.
Other soldiers performed CPR and an ambulance took him to a nearby medical facility.
The medical examiners later reported that Laborde died of a cardiac arrest.
Laborde was based at Kandahar Air Field in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as a part of the 649th Regional Support Group, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
CSM Laborde enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1975. He served on active duty in Europe, Africa and southwest Asia. In 1985, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve in Des Moines and joined the 389th Engineer Batallion in Middleton. In 1998, Laborde transferred to the 394th Corps Support Battalion in Ames, Iowa and later deployed with the unit in 2004 to Saudi Arabia – Kuwait as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Laborde transferred to the 649th Regional Support Group in Cedar Rapids, Iowa was promoted to the position of Command Sergeant Major on Feb. 15th 2007. CSM Laborde deployed with 50 soldiers of the 649th RSG in August 2009 to provide management and support operations for forces in Afghanistan.
In Reinbeck, Laborde was a member of the Reinbeck Lions Club, the Holy Family Parish Catholic Church, and was a high school catechist teacher. He is survived by his wife, Lori and five children. Two of his children also serve in the military.
Visitation will be held Friday, April 30th, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m. at St. Gabriel Catholic Church.
A vigil service will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Friday and all are invited to join.
A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, Reinbeck.
Burial will immediately follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Oelwein.
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