Retired Chief Warrant Officer 2 Armand "Lee" J. Letendre, 83, of Flaherty, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013.
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He was born Sept. 19, 1929, in Springfield, Mass., and was known to family and friends as "Lee." He served more than 23 years in the U.S. Army. He was a decorated Korean and Vietnam War veteran and a Fort Knox federal civilian service retiree. He was a devoted father and grandfather to his own and to many others including the times he served as a foster parent. He was well known as the man in the blue hat.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Doris Jean Rake Letendre on May 29, 1990; and his parents, Urbain and Lucia Letendre.
He is survived by three children, Patricia Hager of Flaherty, Jeani Letendre-Langdon of Radcliff and Deborah (Steve) Warren of Shepherdsville; a son-in-law, Greg Hager of Flaherty; six grandchildren, Chris-tina (Matthew) Pike, Brittany Hager, Connor Langdon, Steven Campbell II, Giselle Henry and a special granddaughter, Lisa Hobbs; a sister, Lorraine Johnson of Cincinnati; and a brother, Roger Letendre of East Longmeadow, Mass.
The funeral is at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 14, at Nelson-Edelen-Bennett Funeral Home in Vine Grove. Burial, with full military honors, follows in St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church Cemetery in Flaherty.
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and continues at 9 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. A prayer service is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the WHAS Crusade for Children.
Nelson-Edelen-Bennett Funeral Home
205 Highland Avenue
Vine Grove, KY 40175
Published in The News-Enterprise on Mar. 12, 2013