Lonnie Conrad Letourneau, 77, left this life peacefully, June 28, 2016, at home.
He was born May 12, 1939, in Epping, NH, to parents Francois Xavier and Rosanna (Allard) Letourneau. Born and raised in Epping, some of his earliest memories were going to the well to get a fresh bucket of water each morning, before walking the two miles to school. Homework was done under a kerosene lamp. Lonnie’s father was a WWI veteran, and received care from the White River Junction VA Hospital. Lonnie’s mother worked two jobs, and he left school to work for the W.S. Goodrich Brick Yard in Epping. He always looked forward to his class luncheon get together each month at a different restaurant around the Epping, NH, area.
At the age of 19 Lonnie joined the US Army, receiving his Basic Training in Fort Dix, NJ. From there, he was assigned to Fort Sill, OK, with the Heavy 155mm Artillery. He stayed at Fort Sill for one year as an instructor for new recruits. Getting orders for South Korea, he spent 13 months on the DMZ at Camp Hovey. The last 15 months of his tour were spent at Fort Bragg, NC. Leaving the Army, he began his lifelong trade of Glazing with a membership in the ALF-CIO Glazier’s Union, working high rise buildings in Boston.
Lonnie was blessed with 48 beautiful years of marriage to Ann (Carey) Letourneau. In 1976, Lonnie began his own company, Danvers Plate Glass, and was fortunate to arrange a contract with all of New England’s “Filene’s” store locations. He and Ann travelled extensively throughout the United States, and abroad. Together they visited Israel, Greece, Ireland, Germany, Bahamas, Bermuda (Honeymoon), and Aruba. He loved to go fishing from his boat Serenity at his 16-year home in Clearwater, FL, leaving there for Marathon FL for five years of further boating & great fishing. Closer to home, he once rode by snowmobile with four thousand other participants on a 100 Mile Northeast Kingdom Ride from 5 different places to St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Lonnie also enjoyed hunting the 13 mile woods in Dummer, NH. Ann’s birthday was December 31st, so they always spent Christmas, her birthday, and New Year’s Day in Las Vegas - one of their favorite places. He loved to drive across country, driving through Oregon three different times.
On one plane ride from Boston to Clearwater, he invited a medical student for a day of fishing. Building a friendship, he was invited in return to visit the student’s parents in Magdeburg, East Germany - a beautiful journey. Of all the countries and places Lonnie saw, his favorite place was always Alaska. A much-appreciated retreat was a home in Upton, ME, which he completely refurbished over many years. While there, he enjoyed ice fishing at Lake Umbagog, and walking the Appalachian Trail which ran near his home. He continued to enjoy travel upon successfully closing his business after 30 years.
Lonnie led a full life, as a member of the Danvers Junior Chamber of Commerce, North Shore Frogman’s Club, Danvers Fish & Game Club, Thomas Power Council # 1505 Knights of Columbus, PFN (Past Faithful Navigator of the Father Gabriel Druillette Assembly 390), and a friend of Bill W.
Lonnie was predeceased by his wife, Ann Letourneau; sisters and brothers; Rita, Francis, Marie, Alma, Henry, Roland, Lorraine, Pauline, and Wilfred. He is survived by one brother, John J. Letourneau of Oklahoma, and many nephews and nieces.
Lonnie has summed up his life, and the great friends he met along the way, with this comment: “What a beautiful journey.”