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Leo A. Beaupre
Leo A. Beaupre passed away in Florida Sunday, March 11, 2018 after a brief illness.
Born in South Burlington, VT June 30, 1922, Leo served in the US Air Force during WW II as a nose turret gunner in a B-24. Leo’s plane was shot down on its 15th mission. Leo, alone in the Alps, evaded capture for 4 days before being taken a POW. He was the last of his crew to be captured. He was a POW in Krems, Austria for 14 months until the end of the war.
Once stateside, he met Esther while on leave in Atlantic City; they were married 1 year later and recently celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary.
Leo was a Department Manager at IBM retiring in 1983. During retirement he and Esther enjoyed traveling in their RV, wintering in Florida. He enjoyed fishing, boating and remote control airplanes.
Leo is survived by his wife, Esther, and four children; Lee Beaupre, Jr. of Boulder, CO, Patricia Beaupre of Huntington, VT, Deborah Allen of Chittenden, VT and Jeffrey Beaupre of Essex Junction, VT; 4 grandchilddren and 5 great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20, at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 4 Prospect Street, Essex Junction, VT.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Purple Hearts Reunited, P.O. Box 2121, Georgia, VT 05468.