Louis J. Duval, 92, of Rutland passed away on December 30, 2012, at the Rutland Regional Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.
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Louis was born in Burlington, VT, on January 10, 1920, to Placid Duval and Mary Piechette. He was then raised in Rutland, VT, where he graduated from Rutland High School.
In 1941, he met the love of his life and eventual wife of 70 years, Catherine Erickson. After a brief courtship, Louis and Catherine were married on October 4, 1942 in Great Falls, Montana, where Louis was stationed in the Army at the time.
Louis was a World War II Veteran. After the war, Louis went to work for his father at the Marble City Bakery in Rutland and eventually took over the business, where he worked for over 50 years before retiring.
He was a member of the American Legion, Post 31 and the VFW in Rutland. An avid Yankees fan, Louie rarely missed a game.
A humble and gracious man, Louie loved his family more than anything and was known by all for his warm smile and generous heart. His youngest grandchild, Makayla Mecier, shared a very special relationship with her "Poppy" and will always remember that after every time she said "I love you" to him, he would reply with "love you more."
Louis is predeceased by his father Placid Duval and mother Mary Piechette of Rutland, his sister Cecile Mudd, his sister Jennie Earle, and his granddaughter, Kayleen Gilligan, all of Rutland, VT.
He is survived by his wife Catherine Duval of Rutland, sister Margaret Kapitan of Rutland, daughter Darcy Picucci and husband Robert of Rutland, son David Duval and fiancée Stephanie of North Port, FL, daughter Kathy Burns-Romangino and husband Robert of Bradenton, FL, daughter Peggy Linnenbach and husband Joseph of Ballston Spa, N.Y., daughter Laurie Gilligan and husband Ted of Rutland, and daughter Kelley Mecier and husband Ron of Mendon. He also leaves behind 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, all of whom he enjoyed spending time with and watching grow up.
A private memorial service for family and close friends will be held in the spring.
The family requests that memorial contributions in honor of Louie be made to the Rutland Open Door Mission, 31 Park Street, Rutland, VT 05701.
Published in Rutland Herald on Jan. 2, 2013