ST. JOHN – Leon Ouellette, 86, died peacefully Oct. 19, 2012, at his residence. He was born Feb. 19, 1926, in St. Francis, the son of Johnny and Victoria (Michaud) Ouellette.
Leon served in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1944 to 1946 with six of his brothers, all of them returning from overseas. Leon’s service duties included landing on the Hard France with Queen Mary going to England, Germany, then to Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, and then to Nuremburg, Germany, being detailed with the 803rd Military Police. He went on to guard the 21 major war criminals during the Nuremburg Trail. During his enlistment he received the following awards and medals: Expert Infantry Rifle, Purple Heart, French forthy-gears and Belgium forthy-gears, European-African and Eastern Campaign medal. He worked the log drives on the St. John River at the age of 14 for two years. After he was honorably discharge from the service Leon worked for Isadore Theriault cutting pine logs in Bar Harbor after the big fire, later cutting pine logs in Biddeford, Conn., after another big fire. He then came back home to St. Francis where he worked alongside his father-in-law, Emile Hebert, cutting wood for 16 years in Cross Lake, then worked for Pinkham Mills, Ashland. Leon was a lifelong member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Lozier O’Grady Post No. 9609 and American Legion Martin-Klein Post No. 0133, both of Fort Kent. He was avid outdoorsman, and loved gardening, cooking and playing cards. He especially loved his pet bird “Cheek-o” after the loss of his wife in 2000.
He is survived by seven children, Louella Soucy of St. Francis, Lewellyn Ouellette of St. John, Leroy Ouellette of St. Agatha, Elvin Ouellette of St. John, Linda Stadig of Levant, and twins Vickey Ouellette of Raymond, N.H., and Rickey Ouellette of South Portland; special niece, Betty Smallwood; one sister, Maria McManus; one brother, Theodore Ouellette; many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, Leon was predeceased by his beloved wife, Lillian (Hebert) Ouellette; one son, Bryan Ouellette; an infant daughter, two sisters and five brothers.
Following with Leon’s wishes, there will be no visiting hours at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, at St. John Catholic Church, St. John. Committal services with full military honors will be afterward in the parish cemetery. Those who wish may donate in his memory to Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund, 194 East Main St., Fort Kent, ME 04743. Funeral services are being conducted by Daigle Funeral Home, 14 East Main St., Fort Kent.