Leon Alfred Larouche, a resident of Chapman, KS, passed away Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at Chapman Valley Manor in Chapman, KS at the age of 75.
Leon was born July 18, 1938 at Nashua, New Hampshire. His parents were Ernest and Anita Cloutier Larouche. He was raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, and after high school, he joined the U.S. Army in July of 1956 at New Jersey. He was married to Naomi Ruth Branson on January 5, 1960, in Valley Station, Kentucky. While in the U.S. Army, he served two tours in Korea, was stationed in Germany, and served one tour in Vietnam. The family moved to Chapman, KS in 1973, and he retired from the U.S. Army at Fort Riley, KS in 1976 with the rank of E-7. He worked for the Chapman School District as a custodian, cleaned the Chapman State Bank, and took care of St. Michael's Catholic Church, and the church grounds. He helped with many Red Cross Blood Drives, delivered Meals on Wheels for the Chapman Senior Center, and had served on the Chapman City Council, and was a board member for the Butterfield Trailhouse. He was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church; and the Knights of Columbus; a member, and the Chaplain, for the Chapman V.F.W., and was a member of the Chapman American Legion Post #240.
He is survived by his wife Naomi of their home in Chapman, one son Leo Larouche and his wife Debbie of Derby, KS; four daughters: Rose Lindsay and husband Dallas of Chapman, Elizabeth Barber of Denison, TX, Margaret Braden and her husband Greg of New Port Richey, FL, Theresa Burns and her husband Michael of Hutchinson, KS; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren, two brothers: Rene Larouche, and Gene Larouche. He was preceded in death by his parents, two infant sisters, and two brothers: Leo Larouche (Leon's twin brother), and Rodger Larouche.
The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Chapman on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. Monsignor James Hake will officiate. Burial with Military Honors will be at St. Patrick's Cemetery, northeast of Chapman. The family will receive friends at the Londeen Funeral Chapel in Chapman, KS Friday evening, Oct. 4 from 6:00 P.M. till 8:00 P.M. with the reciting of the Rosary at 7:00 P.M. The Londeen Funeral Chapel will be open for visitation beginning at 1:00 P.M. Friday afternoon. Memorials may be given to St. Michael's Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, or the Chapman V.F.W. Memorials may sent in care of the Londeen Funeral Chapel, Box 429, Chapman, KS 67431.
This obituary was written and paid for by the family of Leon Alfred Larouche)