VAN BUREN – Conrad Ouellette, 83, passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning, Aug. 14, 2013, at his residence after a long illness, surrounded by his family. Born on Aug. 28, 1929, in Cyr Plantation, husband of the late Mignonne (Beaulieu) Ouellette and son of the late Oneszime M. and Sophie (Parent) Ouellette.
He was a U.S. Army veteran having served at Sugamo Prison in Tokyo, Japan, during the military trials held after World War II. He was a 4th degree Knight of Columbus and a life-long member of St. Bruno-Remi’s parish. He was a skilled heavy equipment operator for Loring Air Force Base and an independent contractor. He was well respected in his community for his institutional knowledge. He loved spending time with his family playing cribbage. He could be seen lending a hand to local farmers during his retirement, getting back to his farming roots.
He is survived by three daughters, Verna Ouellette, with whom he lived with, Dot Ouellette and Tim Fritz of Allentown, Pa., and Rachel and Norman Boutot of Coventry, Conn.; a son, Ray Ouellette of Bowdoinham; six grandchildren, Kayla of Tampa, Fla., Kristie of Cairns, Queensland, Australia, Nicole of Manchester, Conn., Nicholas of Coventry, Conn., Leigh and her husband of Hartford and Jason of Saco; and two great-grandchildren, McKenna and Breydan. He was predeceased by his wife, Mignonne; son, Edward; his brothers, Lucien, Ludger, Adrien, Leo, Romeo, Roland and Percy; and two sisters, Adrienne and Mary Annette.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, at St. Bruno – St. Remi Catholic Church, Van Buren. The family will greet friends from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service. Following the service, a reception will be held in the parish hall. Committal will take place at Maine Veterans Cemetery, Caribou. Arrangements are a service of Lajoie Funeral Home, formerly Ouellette-Thibault Funeral Home, 118 High St., Van Buren. To share online condolences, please visit www.LajoieFuneralHome.com.