Louis F. Gaudreau
1937 - 2020
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On Dec. 2, 2019, Louis F. Gaudreau passed away while at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Tucson, Arizona, from pneumonia.
Louis was born on July 8, 1937, to Armand and Lea Blanchette Gaudreau in Courval, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was one of six children. Louis loved electronics and the only way he could get into electronics school was to join the US Air Force. In order to do so, Louis obtained a visa to come to the United States and joined the USAF at Butte, Montana. He did his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. He attended Electronics School at Keesler Air Force Base, in Biloxi, Mississippi. After his one year of schooling he was selected to be an instructor, do maintenance for the school and spent five more years at Keesler Air Force Base. During his assignment at Keeler, he also spent a year overseas in Thailand during the Vietnam War. He was later stationed four years at Tempelhof Air Base in Berlin, Germany; five years at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, New York. It was in 1977 that Louis was sent to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. After four years in communications he retired as a Master Sargent after serving 20 years and 22 days in the USAF.
Louis married the love of his live, Adeline Maurice on Aug. 15, 1959, in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. They have one daughter, Louella Gaudreau Tilman, married to Warren Tilman and have two grandsons, Nicholas and Alex. Nicholas and his wife, Nattasinee live overseas in South Korea as an active duty member of the USAF. Nicholas followed his grandfather's steps by joining the USAF. Nicholas' children Lauren and Connor are currently in Alaska while their dad is overseas. Alex, his wife, Nekyia and children Kodan and Aubrey reside in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Louis' number one passion was hockey followed by electronics. He started his own business, Lou's TV & Satellite Service Inc. after retiring from the USAF. He ran the business for 30 years installing satellite systems all over Alaska. His love of hockey brought him to join the Old Timers Hockey League in Fairbanks. For his first game he bought a used pair of skates for $35 and a pair of arctic gloves stuffed with foam. They were not the greatest skates and he had trouble skating. After his first goal, the goalie came up to him after the game and told him, he was a great stick handler but a lousy skater. After that exchange he spent $175 on better skates and the rest was history. Lou went on to become one of the better hockey players in the league. His business sponsored teams across the years and won the league championship once.
Louis was well known for his jokes; some we can't printed here. He also loved introducing himself as the son of Santa and his business card showed him and Adeline with Santa hats on. He also loved to talk with kids and tell them to be good because his dad was watching them.
Louis was well liked by his many relatives and friends. If you ever needed an idea on how to fix something, he was the go-to man. Or if you ever needed help, you could depend on him. He will be missed by all.
Louis was predeceased by his parents, brother, Allen, nephews, Jeffery Gaudreau, Matthew Beard and Curtis Hannah, and parents-in-law Jean and Lucie Maurice. He is survived by his wife Adeline, daughter Louella, brothers Real Gaudreau; Gerald and Diana Maurice Gaudreau and sisters, Blanche Gaudreau; Dolores and Claude Richard; brothers-in-law Florent and Nina Maurice; Gerald and Ardel Maurice; Denis and Betty Maurice; sister-in-law Gertrude and Fred Williams. As well as many nieces, nephews and cousins in Canada. He leaves many relatives and friends in Canada and the United States.
A service will be held at St. Nicholas Catholic Church in North Pole, Alaska, on June 27 at 10 a.m. Louis will be buried with his parents in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada at a later date.

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Published in Daily News-Miner on Jun. 9, 2020.
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Shannon Rutherford
June 19, 2020
Such a generous person, he will be missed by all.
Suzanne Bourassa family
June 13, 2020
Louis was quite the character! He could keep a gathering entertained with his humour and his stories. He will surely be missed. Our condolences to all the family.
Tony & Mary (Bourassa) Fraser
June 9, 2020
I'm sorry his family's loss. Lou was a great individual. I enjoyed the years I played hockey with him, and seeing him at the university games. He will be missed.
Lance Clouser
June 9, 2020
So many memories of Lou at the hockey rink with my boys and their dad watching and playing games. My heart goes out to all of you, my sincere condolences to you.
Bobby Boyd LaSalle
June 9, 2020
We first met Lou and his family in 1980 when we attended St Nicholas Catholic Church and were friends for over 30 years. May God bless the family.
Pete Villarreal
June 9, 2020
I first met Lou and his wife in the late 1980s when he installed our first satellite dish in Noise Creek. I visited his his home several times over the years where he would talk with my son about Nintendo games and TV shows. Lou was great with kids! I would see him many times over the years at Nook games and home shows at the Carlson Center where I worked security. He will be missed by all who knew him, certainly by this fellow Air Force retiree!
Neal Gregory
June 9, 2020
I first met Lou and his wife in the late 1980s when they installed our first satellite dish. We visited their home several times where Lou would discuss Nintendo games and TV shows with my son. Lou was great with kids. I would see him many times later at Nook games and Homeshow at the Carlson where I worked security. He will be missed by all who knew him, certainly by this fellow Air Force retiree.
Neal Gregory
June 9, 2020
I first met Lou and his wife in the late 1980s when they installed our first C Band sat dish. My son and I visited their home several times discussing Nintendo games and tv shows. Lou was great with kids. Saw Lou many times at Noon games and homeshows. Always a pleasure. He will be missed by this fellow Air Force retiree!
Neal Gregory
June 9, 2020
Lou was the epitome of a Nanook Hockey fan! He worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help UAF and our student athletes. He and Adeline were always there on game night and for fundraisers and hockey events. Lou will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know him.
Janice and Jake Poole
June 9, 2020
Adeline- I am sorry your loss of your wonderful Lou. When I think of my many years at St Nick's, I think of you both always there.You were both always so nice to my children when they were little. He certainly had a life well lived. Blessings to you and your family in this difficult time.Brenda McCain
Brenda McCain
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