LILY BAY TOWNSHIP – Richard “Dick” Couture, 68, passed away peacefully Oct. 31, 2009, surrounded by his family, while in hospice care at Togus VA Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born in Lewiston, to Lucien and Olivette (Rancourt) Couture. He graduated from Lewiston High School and Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute, South Portland. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and proudly served his country as a member of the VA-93 Squadron aboard the USS Ranger aircraft carrier. He was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for service during the Vietnam War. He married Lynn Davis, in Sanford. He was employed by the city of Lewiston for 34 years. He was superintendent of the municipal garage and retired from there in 2001. He lived his entire life in Lewiston, until his retirement, when they then moved to Lily Bay Township on the shores of Moosehead Lake. He loved to work with his hands and shared his knowledge with his only son. Together they shared a love of racing three-wheelers and were able to compete at the national level in the 1980s. He enjoyed traveling and he and his wife traveled cross-country several times. He also enjoyed volunteering for Legion Post No. 94, Greenville. He enjoyed the company of his canine companions, Keisha and his buddy, Bwana. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Lynn of Lily Bay; son, Michael and his wife, Trina; and granddaughters, Kelsey and Emma Couture of Westbrook. In addition he is survived by aunts, several cousins, a niece and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Lucien, Feb. 9, 2009, and Olivette Couture, Nov. 7, 2008. He was a devoted son who lovingly cared for them during their time of illness. He lived a life of service to his family, church and country. A funeral Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of the Rosary Church. Committal prayers will be held noon Friday at the Maine Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery Chapel, Mount Vernon Road, Augusta. The Couture family asks that memorial donations be made to The Cecil R. Cole American Legion Post No. 94, P.O. Box 1222, Greenville, ME 04441. You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the family by visiting their guest book at www.mem.com. A service of The Fortin Group Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services, 70 Horton St., Lewiston. www.thefortingroup.com
RICHARD ‘DICK’ COUTURE
Posted Nov. 03, 2009, at 7:45 p.m.