ASHLAND AND PRESQUE ISLE - Milford J. Letourneau, 89, died Monday, July 1, 2014 at Maine Veterans Home, Caribou, after a long illness. He was born October 22, 1924 in Ashland, a son of the late Peter and Almeda (Bell) Letourneau.
Milford enlisted with the US Navy in 1942. He served as a seaman aboard a Landing Ship Transport during World War II Pacific Theater Operations and fought in the Battle of Leyte. He received his Honorable Discharge in 1946. Following his return to Ashland, he married Lillian Leach, together raising four children. He worked many years as a forester for local lumber and paper companies before his retirement in 1989.
He was a skilled gardener and took great pride tending to his plants. Milford always had time to chat with the many people who stopped by to admire his garden, and he was always willing to share his bounties with friends, family and visitors.
The family would like to extend their deep appreciation to Dr. Wood and Dr. Faloon for their many years of attentive care.
He is survived by: his wife of 66 years, Lillian (Leach) Letourneau of Presque Isle; two sons, Terry Letourneau and Dale Letourneau, both of Ashland; a daughter, Susan Durrell of Ashland; five grandchildren, Kenny, David and Jennifer Letourneau, Wendy McKinney and Stacy Durrell; and several great-grandchildren. Besides his parents, Milford is predeceased by a son, Dennis Letourneau, six brothers and a sister.
Relatives and friends may greet the family 12 noon - 2 p.m. Monday, July 7, 2014, at Lajoie Funeral Home, 114 Exchange St., Ashland. A graveside service with military honors will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Ashland Municipal Cemetery. Reception will be announced following the services. In lieu of flowers, donations in Milford's name may be made to: Northern Maine Veterans Cemetery, PO Box 312, Caribou, ME 04736, or Aroostook House of Comfort, PO Box 867, Presque Isle, ME 04769. To share condolences online, please visit www.LajoieFuneralHome.com