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Roy Wilfred Laudette

ELGIN  Funeral Mass for retired Sgt. Maj. Roy Wilfred Laudette, 94, Elgin, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Holy Family Catholic Church with the Rev. Timothy Ruckel and Deacon Tom Biles officiating.

Burial with full military honors will follow in Post Cemetery, Fort Sill, under direction of Becker-Rabon Funeral Home.

Retired Sgt. Maj. Roy Wilfred Laudette died Monday, April 17, 2017, in Lawton. 

He was born Oct. 27, 1922, in Taftville, Conn., to Jesse and Bernadette G. (Benoit) Laudette. He grew up in Connecticut and graduated from high school. He married Lois Sinor on June 9, 1959, in Henrietta, Texas. She died Feb. 9, 1992. He then married Elizabeth "Betty" Schoch in Lawton, and she died Jan. 31, 2017.

Roy served in the U.S. Army for almost 29 years, and an additional five years in the National Guard. His awards include the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal with Silver Clasp ñ 3 Loops, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Device, Army Commendation Medal with 3rd Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army Occupation Medal (Germany), three Overseas Service Bars, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Bronze Star Medal with 3rd Oak Leaf Cluster and the Vietnam Civic Action Honor Medal. Following his retirement from the Army, he worked for civil service at Fort Sill, retiring in 1986. His last position was working in the Optic Shop.

#He was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Elgin and the VFW.

He is survived by two children: Barbara Sapicha and husband Richard, Norwich, Conn., and Tyler Laudette, Shawnee, Okla.; six stepchildren: James Winn, Marston, Mo., Beni B. Borders, Shawnee, Patricia Held, Lawton, Vicki Craig, Moore, Henry Schoch, Lawton, and Barbara Stolzer, Philadelphia; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Roy Laudette; two brothers and two sisters.

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