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1/8/2013 11:30:00 AM
Leonard Lourdeau
Leonard Lourdeau
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Leonard Lourdeau

Leonard Joseph Lourdeau, 85, of Princeton passed away Jan. 5, 2013, in Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton. The Rev. Norman Femrite will officiate. Cremation rites will be accorded after the services.

Visitation will be 4-6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Norberg Memorial Home.

Mr. Lourdeau was born Jan. 27, 1927, in Westville to Joseph and Rena (Stauqet) Lourdeau. He married Alice M. Gabel-mann on Oct. 15, 1952, in Dixon.

He gra-duated eighth grade from South Central in Dixon and attended Dixon High School for two years.

He served as past president for Princeton Jaycees and Kiwanis Golden Ks and was past commander of the VFW and American Legion. He was a life member of Illinois Police Association. He also was a member of AARP, AMVETS, Sauk Valley Gun Club, National Rifle Association and First Lutheran Church.

He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War as a staff sergeant. He served five years on active duty and eight years in the Reserve. He was a Princeton police officer for more than 20 years. He retired on July 30, 1982. He also served as a city commissioner for four years.

He was the AARP king in 1992. He started the Kiwanis Golden K Club in 1987 and was charter president. He started the Gold Coats with Kate Deaner at Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton; and Pall Bearers Club with Dennis Johnson. He helped organize the Salvation Army surplus food distribution. He helped families of veterans apply and receive memorial markers for cemeteries.

He volunteered and helped senior citizens with their medical assistance. He also took part in Meals on Wheels. He served as Memorial Day Chairman in Princeton for many years and helped put up flags on Main Street. He also served many years as a service officer for veterans and families. He was instrumental in the new American Legion, VFW and AMVETS Post in Princeton. He helped coordinate and volunteered at past disaster drills.

Survivors are his children, Louis (Janene) Lourdeau of Bishop Hill, Keith (Alison) Lourdeau of Winchester, Mass. and Christine Staton of Princeton; seven grandchildren, Matthew (Amanda) Lourdeau of Salem, N.H., Thomas Lourdeau of Lynchburg, Va., Jaclyn, Amelie and Noemi Lourdeau of Winchester and Joseph and Benjamin Staton of Princeton; one great-grandchild, Timothy Lourdeau of Salem; one brother, Leyland Lourdeau of Harrison, Mo. and one sister, Lorraine LeRette of Nachusa.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 2008; and one grandson, Adam Christian Lourdeau.

Memorials may be directed to the family. Online condolences may be left at

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