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Walter R. "Walt" LaDuke, 81, of the Pellerin Road, Plattsburgh, died Saturday, July 8, 2017, at the UVM Health Network, CVPH with his loving family by his side.
He was born in AuSable Forks, August 28, 1935, the son of Roger and Rita (Furnia) LaDuke.
Walter (Duke as he was known in the service) was a retired Air Force Vietnam Veteran 1952 -1973, he was very proud of his service to his country. He loved NASCAR racing and enjoyed numerous trips with his daughter to the races. He enjoyed most sports and playing golf with his sons. He loved his grandchildren and family of nieces and nephews and was always up for a family bbq. He also enjoyed his two loyal companions Coco and Odie who loved going for rides with Grampa in his truck and getting treats from him all day long.
Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 60 years, Angie (Hebert) LaDuke; children, Denise LaDuke, David (Laurie) LaDuke; daughter-in-Law, Michelle LaDuke; grandchildren, Nicole (Jon) Bombard, Joanne (Ken) Pelno, Lauren LaDuke, Casey (Cristina) LaDuke, Emily (Arthur) Turlak; great-grandsons, David Jon Bombard and Walter Daniel Pelno; great-granddaughter, Taylor Garrand; sister, Gean Darrah; brothers, Jack (Nancy) LaDuke, William (Diane) LaDuke; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Trombley, Ginger LaDuke, Susan LaDuke; brother-in-law, Ernie (Betty) Hebert; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, great nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Daniel LaDuke; brother, Eli LaDuke; sister, Theresa DeRusso; brothers-in-law, Paul DeRusso, John Thaler, George Darrah, Ray Trombley, Jack Nelson; sister-in-law, Julia Nelson; nephews, Tom Thaler, Bill Nelson, Bryan Darrah; niece, Barbara Nelson; and great-nephew, Seth Darrah.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at 11 AM at the North Country Veterans Association, 27 Town Line Road, West Chazy, NY, 12992. Rev. William G. Reamer will officiate. Full military honors will follow, accorded by the Vermont Air National Guard Honor Guard and members of the American Legion Post 20 in Plattsburgh.
Donations in memory of Walter R. LaDuke may be made to the North Country Veterans Association, PO Box 1161, Plattsburgh, NY, 12901 or to the Elmore SPCA, PO Box 686, Peru, NY 12972.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Rd, Peru. 643-9055. To offer an online condolence, share a symbolic gesture or share a photo in memory of Walter LaDuke please visit www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com
Published on September 27, 2017
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