Salem — Roger L. Ouellette, 86, of Salem, died on Sunday, February 23, 2014, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, following a long illness. He was the husband of the late Rose M. (St. Pierre) Ouellette, with whom he had shared 59 years of marriage.
Born and raised in Salem, he was the son of the late Edmond and Laura (LeBel) Ouellette. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre in Guam with the U.S. Navy. Following the war, he returned to Salem ,and worked in the construction industry. Married to Rose in 1952, he worked for the J. J. Welch Construction Co. until his retirement 20 years ago.
Roger was devoted to his wife, children, and grandchildren. He also enjoyed doing household projects, gardening, as well as caring for his Koi fish pond. He was a lifelong member of Ste. Anne Parish.
He is survived by his son, Steven R. Ouellette and his wife, Maureen, of Salem; three grandchildren, Ryan of Cleveland, Ohio, and Kyle and Kory, both of Salem; his daughter-in-law, Carol Ouellette Martini of Epping, N.H.; a sister, Beatrice Lavoie of Topsham, N.H.; as well as many nieces and nephews, including his devoted nephew, Rodney Maurice. He was predeceased by his son, Raymond Ouellette; and siblings, Edmond ‘Eddie’ Ouellette and Jeannette Gray.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral Mass on Friday, February 28, at 10 a.m., at Ste. Anne Church, 290 Jefferson Ave., Salem. A committal service with military honors will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours at the Levesque Funeral Home, 163 Lafayette St., Route 114/1-A, Salem, will be on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923. For additional information and guest book, please visit www.LevesqueFunerals.com.