Lionel J. Guindon

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Lionel J. Guindon LEBANON Lionel "Jerry" Joseph Guindon, 81, passed away at home Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Lebanon. After battling and winning two previous fights against bladder cancer in 1986 and 2006, the third attack in November 2013 ultimately claimed him to his heavenly home. Born in Gladstone, Mich., on September 15, 1932, Lionel grew up on the family farm. Upon high school graduation, he joined the Army and served in the Korean War where he earned his nickname Jerry. It was at a USO dance that he met and later married his first wife, Patricia L. (Wentling) Guindon, of Lebanon, who preceded him in death in 1991. Jerry has lived in Lebanon since that time. Jerry was a friend to all. Even strangers on the street were greeted with a smile and a nod. If he knew you, you were greeted with a bear hug, a larger than life grin, and a genuinely gleeful giggle. He was a giver, always putting the other person ahead of himself. If you had a need and he could provide, you would receive all you needed and more - the reason was irrelevant. He enjoyed building projects and woodworking. You could hear his whistle at 100 yards, his laughter from a mile away, and he always had a joke to share or a song to sing. Anyone who ever camped near Jerry awoke to "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" being sung at the top of his lungs. He was an avid outdoorsman and nature lover. His back yard and gardens were his pride and joy. Even the bluebirds of Lebanon County are having a sad day. Jerry is survived by his widow, Elizabeth M., after sharing 22 years of marriage. He is also survived by sisters, Bertha Blevins, 77, of Orange Park, Fla., and twins, Helen Menard, 75, of Willow Brook, Ill., and Evelyn Cass, 75, of Cornell, Mich.; children, Keith A. (Deb) Guindon of Houston, Texas, Thea M. (Raymond) Blouch of Annville, David M. (Linda) Guindon of Chemung, N.Y., and Kathryn Y. Guindon of Ellenton, Fla.; stepchildren, Susanne E. Wile of Houston, Texas, James A. (Susanne) Wile of Strasburg, Deborah A. (Dale) Granger of Lebanon, and John D. (Kim) Wile of Jonestown; grandchildren, Megan (Guindon) Couden, Amy (Guindon) Beazzo, Jason Blouch, Erin Guindon, Ashley Guindon, Stephanie (Blouch) Hartz, Stephen Blouch, Andrew Blouch, and Amanda Blouch; plus six stepgrandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oniseme "James" Guindon, 1969, and Yvonne "Eva" (Brunette) Guindon, 1983; two brothers, Hector and Leonard; five sisters, Prudence VanMill, Jeanette Swift, Marie Hill, Rita Comet, and Agnes McCombs; and granddaughter, Andrea Jo Guindon, 24, who passed July 1, 2014. Funeral Mass Monday morning 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, 2 N. 8th St., Lebanon, PA 17046. Interment at Covenant/ Greenwood Cemetery, Ebenezer, with full military honors. Viewing hours Monday morning from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Thompson Funeral Home, Inc. is entrusted with the arrangements. You may share your thoughts and memories with the family at
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Published in Lebanon Daily News on July 11, 2014
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