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Wayne Joseph Guidry, lieutenant colonel, United States Air Force (retired), went to be with our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, at the age of 87. He was born Jan. 16, 1923, to Adolphé Jean Baptiste Guidry and Emilie Sophie D'aigle Guidry in Church Point, La., one of 10 of their children. His ancestors moved to Louisiana in 1765 from Cap de Sable and Cape Breton Island, Acadia, Nova Scotia, after having moved from France in the 1600s.
In high school Wayne was a member of the track team and also played drums in the Church Point High School Band. Wayne enlisted in the Army Air Corps in October 1940. As a private, he was assigned to the newly formed 42nd Bombardment Group (M) stationed at Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City. He advanced quickly and at 19 years of age was one of the youngest in the Air Force to be promoted to group sergeant major in 1943. The group was sent to the South Pacific in early 1943, and in that year Wayne received a direct commission to 2nd lieutenant due to his actions on Guadalcanal.
He participated in the following battles and campaigns: Anti-Submarine WD, Northern Solomons GO, the Guadalcanal Offensive, New Guinea GO, Bismarck Archipelago GO, Air Offensive Japan GO, Ryukyus GO, China Offensive GO and Southern Philippines Liberation, Western Pacific GO. Among his awards were the Distinguished Unit Badge, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon and Philippine Liberation Ribbon.
Wayne also served in the Korean War, mostly at Kunsan Air Base. Following the Korean War, he served at numerous duty stations in the United States, including the Air Force Technical Application Center in the Washington, D.C., area. Wayne also was the comptroller at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska for the Alaskan Communications Region. Wayne's last active duty assignment was comptroller, Air Force Missile Development Center and Holloman Air Force Base where he retired as a lieutenant colonel. He then spent 11 years at Sperry Flight Systems in Phoenix.
Lt. Col. Guidry graduated from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. In 1946 after serving in the Pacific during World War II, as a young captain in the Army Air Corps he was stationed at Clovis Air Force Base. In Clovis, he met and fell in love with his wife, Margarete Florence Stockton, of Forrest. They were married April 12, 1946. She preceded him in death in 2003. Wayne and Marge were married for 57 years.
He is survived by his three children, Richard Guidry and his wife, Sherrye, Elizabeth Chisum and her husband, Jim, and James Guidry and his wife, Christine; seven grandchildren, Alison Guidry Vellon and her husband, Jason, Jonathan Guidry and his wife, Sarah, Ryan Guidry and his wife, Roseanne, Andrew Guidry, Nathan Guidry, Benjamin Guidry and Daniel Guidry; two great-grandchildren, Ryan Guidry and Dallas Guidry; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents Adolphé Jean Baptiste Guidry and Emilie Sophie D'aigle Guidry; his brothers Elton, John Alden, Eddie, Murphy and Whitney; and his sisters Angele, Laurénce, Lena and Germaine.
Friends and family may call Friday, Oct. 8, 2010, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home West, 128 N. Resler, El Paso, (915) 584-1234). A graveside service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, 2010, at the Monte Vista Cemetery Church in Alamogordo with Pastor Howell Scott of Bethel Baptist Church officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the New Mexico Children's Home, 1356 N.M. 236, Portales, NM 88130 or the Baptist Children's Home, P.O. Box 629, Portales, NM 88130. Services are entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West, 128 N. Resler Drive, El Paso, TX 79912 and www.MartinFuneralHomeWest.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Oct. 7 to Nov. 7, 2010
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