Leonard D. Lavoie (93), formerly of Merrimack, NH, passed away on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the Oceanside Nursing Center in Hampton. He was born on June 27, 1924 in Nashua, NH, the son of the late Joseph and Blanche (St. Onge) Lavoie.
Leonard proudly served his country as an Army Ranger, participating in the invasion of France on D-Day and also the Campaign of Brittany where he received the Purple Heart, presidential citation, good conduct ribbon, and three battle stars. He was a graduate of New Hampshire College and had a lifelong career employed as an Internal Revenue Agent for the IRS until his retirement in 1982. In his retirement, Leonard enjoyed golfing and bowling and was an active member of the Bektash Temple of Shriners.
Leonard was predeceased by two brothers, Lionel and George Lavoie and two sisters, Doris Desmaris and Gloria Gagnon.
Leonard is survived by his wife of 71 years, Beatrice E. Lavoie and their daughter Janet and her husband Ernest (Skip) Dufour of Exeter; granddaughters, Kristine Moulton and her husband David of Auburn and Kara Fontaine and her husband Bryan of Hooksett and three great grandchildren, Jack and Charles Moulton and Benjamin Fontaine. Leonard also leaves behind his brother, John Lavoie of Hudson and several sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the Visiting Angels of Auburn, Partridge House Assisted Living, Oceanside Nursing of Hampton, and Compassus Hospice of North Hampton for their kindness, help and support.