1923 – 2015
N. Grosvenordale – Armur “Buster” Houle, 92, a lifelong resident of N. Grosvenordale, died Wednesday, September 16, 2015, at Southbridge Rehabilitation and Care Center. He was the loving husband of the late Laurette (Dumont) Houle. Born in N. Grosvenordale, he was the son of the late Thomas and Sylvia (Hamel) Houle.
Mr. Houle attended St. Joseph School in N. Grosvenordale and worked at the cotton mill in N. Grosvenordale. In 1943 Buster enlisted in the Army and did his basic training at Ft. Dix, New Jersey. He was assigned to the ambulance corps as a driver picking up wounded soldiers at the aid station and bringing them to the field hospital. After being wounded he was sent back to the United States where he met his wife Laurette Dumont who was in the Navy. They soon were married both wearing their uniforms. They were married for fifty-one glorious years. Laurette passed away in 1996.
Buster worked for the State of Connecticut Highway Department for over twenty-five years before retiring and opening his own tool sharpening shop. He was also a part time school bus driver and runner for Putnam Ford.
He was very active in the American Legion Oscar Swanson Post#67 where he held all the offices and was also a fourth district post commander.
Armur is survived by a grandson Michael Plotczyk of Queensbury, NY and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, a daughter Lorraine (Houle) Plotczyk; three brothers George, Albert, and Gerald Houle, and six sisters Alberta Therien, Cicele Noiseux, Noelle Beaudry, Adeline Lamare, Alphonsine St. Germaine, and Georgette Morin.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Buster’s family from 8:30a.m. to 9:30a.m. on Wednesday, September 23, 2015, in the Valade Funeral Home, 23 Main St., N. Grosvenordale, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in St. Joseph Church, 18 Main St., N. Grosvenordale, CT. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.