LaFleur, Howard 93, of Oswego, passed away at the Bickford in Oswego on Thursday, January 24, 2014. He was born on August 10, 1920, second child of Alfred and Theresa (May) LaFleur of Aurora. He graduated from Marmion Military Academy in 1938. He served in the Navy from 1939 through 1945 being very active in WWII in the Pacific as a destroyer gunner. He survived the sinking of his ship, the Quincy, at the battle of Guadalcanal in 1942. He married Dorothy Kokart in 1944 and was a loving and very much loved father to their four children. His son, Gerald preceded him in death in July of 1968, earning the Silver Star while serving in Vietnam. Dorothy preceded him in death in 1987. He married Mildred Millen Regnier in 1989 and lived 24 wonderful years with her in Montgomery. He is survived by his wife, Mildred; his son, Robert (Kathleen) LaFleur; his daughters, Mary (Harold) Brunner and Carol (John) Cyr; twelve grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard LaFleur, and sisters, Elaine Schele and June Brucher. He was preceded in death by Dorothy and Gerald; his brothers, Father Alfred LaFleur and Kenneth LaFleur, and sister, Shirley LaFleur. The family would like to thank all of the staff at Bickford and Seasons Hospice for their loving care in his final days. In-State visitation will be held Tuesday, January 28, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 722 High Street, Aurora, IL. Mass will follow at 10:00 a.m. with Fr. Jerome Leake officiating. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are being handled by THE DALEIDEN MORTUARY, 220 N. Lake St., Aurora. 630-631-5500. Please visit our interactive website at www.daleidenmortuary.com to leave condolences for Howard's family or sign the guest book.
Published in Beacon News on Jan. 26, 2014