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Vernon A. Guillot Jr.

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Retired master sergeant, U.S. Air Force
Vernon A. Guillot Jr., a longtime resident of Alamogordo, passed away at his home on Wednesday, July 8, 2009. 
Vernon was born in Westwego, La., on May 20, 1929, to Vernon senior and Esther M. Gaubert Guillot. Vernon grew up around the New Orleans area, where he attended Catholic school. He joined the U.S. Army when he was 17 years old and transferred to the U.S. Air Force in 1949. He had several assignments in the military, including infantry man, military police, munitions expert, aircraft mechanic and radiology. Vernon served his country for 24 years and was in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Air Force in 1970. After retiring from the military, he joined Presto Manufacturing Inc., in Alamogordo, during its preconstruction days and was the maintenance supervisor for over 30 years. Vernon served as the president of the Alamogordo branch of the American Diabetic Association for two years. He was a member of the Royal Order of Moose and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He will be remembered lovingly by family and friends as a military man, working man and family man. He loved music, dancing, cooking and being surrounded by family.
Vernon is survived by his wife of 57 years, Norma Rene Childers Guillot, of Alamogordo; daughter Darlene Gutierrez and husband, Manuel Gutierrez Jr., of Alamogordo; son Dwayne J. Guillot Sr. and wife, Rita, of Alamogordo; son Micael Guillot, of Phoenixville, Pa.; four grandchildren, Dwayne Guillot Jr. "DJ" of Alamogordo, Crystal Trevizo and her husband, Robert, of Alamogordo, Richard Gutierrez, of Las Cruces, and Israel Gutierrez, of Alamogordo; one great-grandchild, Adairah Trevizo, of Alamogordo; one brother, Aubrey Guillot and wife, Jackie, of Marrero, La.; and two sisters, Ethel Guillot Adams and Thelma Guillot Dermady, of Westwego, La. Vernon was preceded in death by his son Dwight Guillot, his parents Esther and Vernon Sr., and his brother David Joseph Guillot, of Gretna, La. The family expresses their sincere appreciation for the care given by Dr. Dan Moezzi and Alamogordo Hospice Home Care.
Funeral services will be held at the Alamogordo Funeral Home, 2301 First St., Alamogordo, on Wednesday, July 15, 2009. There will be a viewing beginning at 9 a.m. with a rosary at 10:30 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. with Fr. Bryant Hausfeld, O.F.M., officiating. Military honors will be bestowed at the Monte Vista Cemetery by the Holloman Air Force Base Steel Talons Honor Guard.
Pallbearers will be Richard Gutierrez, Israel Gutierrez, Rudy Calderon, David Ochoa, DJ Guillot and Robert Trevizo.
Honorary pallbearers will be Don Morton, Herby Paul Childers, Fernie Trujillo, Israel Trujillo and Ivan Baros.
The Guillot family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the funeral services. 

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from July 9 to July 28, 2009
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