1931 – 2020
Putnam – Lieutenant Colonel Archille Ovila Bourque, USA (Ret.), 88, of Putnam died after a long illness early Sunday morning, August 1, 2020 at Matulaitis Nursing Home.
He was born in Putnam, Connecticut, August 26, 1931, the son of the late Archille Ovila Bourque, Sr., and the late Maude (Blackmer) Bourque Emory. He was preceded in death by his brother Richard Bourque of Danielson and his granddaughter Margaret Jordan. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 67 years, Eileen (Hogan) Bourque who cared for him in his final years, as well as their five children: Doreen Stapleton and husband Colonel Mark Stapleton, USA (Ret.) of Wintergreen, Virginia; Denise (Jordan) Van Ostrand of Charleston, West Virginia; Margaret Bourque and husband Bill Nolan of Marysville, Washington; son Jeffrey of Putnam, CT who assisted in his caregiving, and son John and wife Andrea Raven of Lake Stevens, Washington. Other surviving family members include five grandchildren -Caitlin (Stapleton) Kaprove and husband Jared Kaprove of McLean, Virginia; Sean Stapleton of Mill Creek, Washington; Colin Stapleton of Marysville, Washington, and Max and Isaac Raven of Lake Stevens, Washington. He also leaves two great-grandchildren, Eleanor Kaprove of McLean, VA and Aiden Stapleton of Mill Creek, WA.
Arch graduated from Putnam High School in 1949. He subsequently earned his undergraduate degree from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas and his MBA from the University of Kansas. He served in three branches of the armed forces – the National Guard, the U.S. Air Force and the United States Army. He received many military awards and honors to include the Bronze Star for combat service during the Korean conflict in 1953. He retired from active duty in 1978 with over three decades of service to this nation. He later worked in the banking and insurance industries.
Arch will be remembered for his love of aviation, having a private pilot’s license, and building a number of private aircraft. He passed his passion for all things technological on to his son John. His entire family will remember his wry sense of humor and his love of country.
Arch will be laid to rest at the state veterans cemetery in Middletown, CT on Thursday, August 6, 2020. There will be no calling hours. The Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory has been entrusted with the arrangements. For memorial guestbook, please visit www.GilmanandValade.com.