Dewey H. Ouellette

Dewey Ouellette Dewey Ouellette

Dewey H. Ouellette, 776th

25 September 1988

(Honored by Craig and Marlene Ouellette)

Dewey H. Ouellette, 64, of St. Francis, died Sept. 25, 1988 at a Caribou hospital after a short illness.  He was born in St. Francis Aug. 4, 1924, the son of Damase and Lucy (Thibodeau) Ouellette.

He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Air Force base unit, North Atlantic Wing, Atlantic Division Air Transport Command.  Dewey was a nose gunner in the 464th Bombardment Group, 776th Squadron during the second World War.  He was a prisoner of war for nine months in Germany.

During active service, he received the Purple Heart; the Air Medal, with oak leaf cluster; the E.A.M.E. Theater Service medal, with five bronze stars; the POW Medal; the American Campaign Medal; the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal; the WWII Victory medal; the Marksmanship Badge, with rifle and pistol bars; the Aviation Badge, Caterpillar pin, and Lapel button.

Dewey was a life member of Chapter One of Maine American Ex-Prisoner of War; past second junior vice for the Department of Maine DAV; past commander of the St. John Valley Chapter Nine DAV; a life member of the St. John Valley Martin Parent DAV, Chapter Nine; a member of the American Legion Jandreau-Connors Post. No. 180 of St. Francis; a member of the O'Grady Lozier VFW Post No. 0609 of Fort Kent; service officer of Chapter Nine DAV; a member of the military Order of the Purple Heart; past president of the St. Francis Chamber of Commerce; president of the St. Francis Housing Development Corp.; past president of the Fish and Game Club of St. Francis; past director of the Atlantic Salmon Association; chairman of the board of the VA Clinic in Caribou; supervisor of the St. Francis Water Dept.; past first selectman for several years; a member of hte Electricians Examining Board, the United Association of Steam Fitters Local 321; the National Rifle Association of Retired Persons and the St. Francis Historical Society.

 Dewey was a loving husband and a devoted father and grandfather.  He was a member of St. Charles Parish and he was an avid outdoorsman.

He is survived by his wife Sylvia (Thibodeau) Ouellette of St. Francis, three daughters, Cynthia Thibodeau of San Jose, Calif., June Jandreau of St. Francis and Lucy Riggs of Seattle, Wash.; three sons, Lamont Dewey Ouellette of East Millinocket, Craig T. Ouellette of St. Francis and Neal L. Ouellette of Brewer; three sisters, Aurore Thibodeau, Claudette Walker and Claudene Walker, all of St. Francis; nine grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Chrisitian Burial was celebrated at St. Charles Catholic Church, St. Francis. Funeral arrangements were made by Daigle and Nadeau Funeral Home in Fort Kent.  Burial with military honors was held at St. Francis cemetery.

"And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand."