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Joseph Legere

Joseph L. Legere

Saturday, September 17th, 1932 - Monday, May 11th, 2020
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Joseph L. Legere, 87, husband of the late Theresa Legere, died unexpectedly on Monday, May 11, 2020. Born on September 17, 1932 in Caribou, Maine, he was the son of the late Beatrice and Leonard Legere. He attended Caribou High School in Maine. Joe belonged to the Antique Veterans, VFW 591 and the American Legion 45 Meriden. Mr. Legere enjoyed doing his jumble in the paper and Sudoku every morning. He loved traveling in our RV, spending time with his grandchildren and watching the Red Sox and NASCAR.

Joseph enlisted in the U.S. Army on November 2, 1949, However, this was at the beginning of the Korean War and he soon arrived at the Pusan Perimeter on July 21, 1950 as a replacement for a casualty in G Company, 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division.
He left Korea in July 1951, returning first to California, then to Fort Devens, MA and finally to Fort Bliss, TX, finally being discharged on November 11, 1952 with five battle stars, a purple heart and numerous citations.

After returning to Caswell, Maine, he worked as a civilian employee of the Air Force as a power plant operator and later in Thule, Greenland and Loring AFB in Maine. He retired from the Air Force in 1962, then came to Connecticut in 1964. He worked at Stanley Judd working in plastics and Walbro. He retired in 1994, went to college (at age 63) and made the Dean’s list studying electronics and manufacturing engineering.

Joseph is survived by his six children, his son Steve and wife Lori Legere of Meriden, Emelda Kerkhoff of Indiana, Marie and husband Dennis Rayho of New York, son Luke and wife Patricia Legere of Meriden, daughter Paula and husband Brian Mickley of Greenwich, son Tim and wife Anne Dibattista of Colorado Springs; many grandchildren including, Kimberly and husband James Sharples, Jessie, Ali, and Adam Legere, April and husband Mike Rogoz, Jennifer Legere, Lauren and Sarah Mickley, Anthony and wife Erica, Destiny and Abagail Dibattista, Dave and wife Rena Chang and Sam, Sarah, Jennifer, Melissa, Michelle, Daniel, Matthew, Peter, and John Jr. Kerkoff ; several great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his brother, Lee Dale Legere and his sister, Leatha Legere Gray.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Kimberly Chang; his brothers, Dave Legere, Elmer Legere, John Levesque and sister Emelda Legere.

Services will be private. Arrangements are under the direction of the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, Meriden, CT 06450. For online condolences, please visit
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Jim Veillette

Posted at 02:36pm
Patty, Luke, and family,
We are very sorry for your loss. May the fun times and happy memories you shared help you through these very difficult times.
Sue & Jim Veillette

Patricia Legere

Posted at 08:54am
Dad We will miss you so much I can’t imagine not talking to you or seeing you every day. We didn’t just help you and care for you we listened to you and enjoyed your life story’s. The trips we all went on were so much fun. I especially enjoyed being in Maine and seeing where you lived and meeting your friends up there. The places you worked when you where in the service. It was so nice to check out your name on Caribou’s military wall. You are a hero and very strong man you went through a lot in your days and didn’t get you down. We enjoyed being involved with you in the Antique vets and VFW we will miss that. We love you so much and will miss you every day. Love always Luke,Patti,Adam,April and Jennifer Legere

VFW Post 591

Posted at 04:27am
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Love, Maggie and Johnny

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Grandson Dave and Rena and Great Granddaughter Hazel

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You will be deeply missed. Always loved. Rest easy Grandpa.
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