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Archille O. Bourque, Jr.

Posted By Wendy On August 4, 2020 @ 1:57 pm In Obituaries | 4 Comments

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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.


Condolences for the family of “Archille O. Bourque, Jr.”

Condolence from Annie Bryant-House on August 4th, 2020 9:05 pm

Peace be with the Bourque Family. Rest easy, Sir.

Condolence from Barbara. Bourque Davis on August 4th, 2020 11:36 pm

Dearest Eileen and our other family members,
It hurts my heart deeply to know my oldest brother has leftLe earthly world. I loved him deeply and will miss his wonderful laugh and warm smile. My late husband, Maj Dana KDavis served in the Army and we were actually stationed at Ft Knox, Kentucky while my brother, Archie and family was also there. My husband always admired my brother not only as a senior officer but the man he was.
Eileen, I know exactly how you are feeling right now but know I love you and you can call and I can be there .
I know his immediate family took exceptional care of him and know it was his time to return home . I’m sure my dad, Archie Bourque Sr. will rejoice to have both his sons with him again.
Love, Barbara

Condolence from Priscilla Bourque Williams on August 5th, 2020 6:20 pm

Eileen and family, Archie was a special brother to me. As a little girl, I remember him carrying me on his shoulders. I always thought he was the strongest boy ever. Even though we lived far apart, it was as though we had just seen each other the day before when we talked. On his birthday he always questioned with a chuckle, if I remembered how old he was. He had the sweetest smile and will be greatly missed.

Condolence from Cassie Bourque Mantoni on August 6th, 2020 12:46 pm

Rest In Peace Uncle Archie — you have lived such an honorable and well intentioned life. Thank you for your service to our country and thank you for the fond family memories. May Aunt Eileen and all the “cousins by the dozens” find comfort in knowing that you are now resting in our Lord’s embrace.

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