EAST MILLINOCKET - Milleo Bouchard, 89, died peacefully Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at a Bangor health care facility. Milleo was born Oct. 1, 1923, in Stockholm, Maine, the son of Hector A. and Ida (Bernache) Bouchard.
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He was educated in Caribou schools. Milleo entered military service Feb. 23, 1943, at the age of 20. He served in the Army as a Tec, FA, infantryman in World War II, in Northern France, the Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe and was honorably discharged in December 1945. During his service he was awarded a Bronze Star for his heroism during the Battle of the Bulge, as well as the American theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and EAMET Ribbon and Victory Medal. In his family's and his country's eyes, he was truly a member of the Greatest Generation. After serving in the military he lived in Houlton where he worked at Atlas Plywood until 1956, then moved his family to East Millinocket where he started his career at Great Northern Paper Co. He worked at Great Northern Paper from 1956 to 1986 belonging to OPEIU - Office Professional Employment International Union, where he worked in the stores department. He also worked a second job during those years, either laying foundations, working at OS Gonya & Sons, Cote's Garage, and Bouchard's Texaco. Milleo will be remembered for his kindness, unselfishness, his wonderful sense of humor and his undying love for his family. Affectionately referred to as "Hip Hip," he was an amiable and loving man, liked by all who knew him.
Milleo is survived by his seven daughters and their spouses, Sharon and Norman Grant of Island Falls, Sheila and William Johnston of Newport, Deborah Enright of Amherst, N.H., Christine and Richard Wyman of East Millinocket, Cyndi and Tim Coombs of Mattawamkeag, Janet Bouchard of East Millinocket, Bonni-Jo and Sergio Salazar of San Mateo, Calif.; a daughter-in-law, Cathy Bouchard of East Millinocket; 15 grandchildren, including granddaughter Jenna, whom he helped raise; 13 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews. Milleo was predeceased by his son, James. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the staff at Bangor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for their loving care.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, at St. Peter's Catholic Church, East Millinocket. A time of fellowship will be held after the Mass at the parish center. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Brown Funeral Home and Cremation Service Center, 34 High St., Newport. To sign an online guest book and leave written condolences, please visit www.PhilipBrownFuneralHome.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Dec. 21, 2012