David R. Lusardi

Posted Aug. 02, 2012, at 9:22 a.m.

CARIBOU – David R. Lusardi, master sergeant, U.S. Air Force, retired, 68, died unexpectedly July 31, 2012, at his residence. He was born Aug. 11, 1943, in Greensboro, N.C., the son of the late Harold and Ruth (Stencel) Lusardi.

He was a graduate of Bay View High School, Milwaukee. David also received his associate degree in business from Husson College, as well as his bachelor’s degree in child behavioral science from the University of Maine at Presque Isle. In 1961 David enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served during the Vietnam War. His first assignment was to the former Loring Air Force Base, where he met and married his wife, Linda Belanger, June 1, 1963. David had a long distinguished military career, retiring as a master sergeant in 1986 after 26 years of service. David also worked at the Non-Commission Officer Club for a number of years and was their bingo caller. For the past 24 years David was employed as a caseworker for the state of Maine Department of Health and Human Services. He was a member of Lister Knowlton Post Veterans of Foreign Wars and Perkins Plourde Post American Legion.

Surviving in addition to his wife of Caribou are his sons, Scott Lusardi and his wife, Dawn, and their children, Lauren and Cameron, of South Portland, Todd (Tamara) Lusardi of Gurley, Ala., Mark Lusardi and his wife, Barbara, and their two children, Laura and Eric, of New Richmond, Wis., and Brad Lusardi and his wife, Lynn, and their son, Logan, of Eddington; one brother, Thom Lusardi and his wife, Mary Kopecky, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; one sister, Fran Knepper and her husband, Jerry, of Estero, Fla.; several nieces and nephews. Mr. Lusardi was predeceased by a sister, Donna Zirow.

Friends may visit with the family 6-8 p.m. Monday at Mockler Funeral Home, 24 Reservoir St., Caribou. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Parish of the Precious Blood Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Interment with military honors will be at Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery, Caribou. Friends who wish to contribute in memory of Mr. Lusardi may do so through Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery Memorial Fund, 37 Lombard Road, Caribou, ME 04736. www.mocklerfuneralhome.com

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