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Ronald A. GirouardSeptember 19, 1933 ~ May 7, 2016 (age 82)
GALLATIN, TN – Ronald A. Girouard, 82, of 100 Beacon Street, formerly of Winchendon, died Saturday, May 7th in St. Thomas Midtown Hospital, Nashville, TN.
He was born in Winchendon on September 19, 1933, son of the late Alfred T. and Julia M. (Houle) Girouard. He grew up in Winchendon and graduated from Murdock High School in 1951. He earned his Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University.
Ron served in the United States Marines for 20 years, from 1953 to 1973 and served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He earned the Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Achievement Medal and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. He lived in Tennessee for 13 years, moving from Rochester, NH.
He leaves his wife of 60 years, Irene (Penney) Girouard; five daughters, Donna Harper of Gallatin, TN, Sheryl Hankins and her husband Patrick of Lewisburg, TN, Karen Young and her husband Kevin of Gordonsville, TN, Roni Martin and her husband Jules of Cross Plains, TN and Janice Girouard of Portland, TN; ten grandchildren, David, Caroline, Armaugh, Trisha, Dustin, Sydney, Kelsie, Julia, Paige and her husband Jesse and Cameron; numerous great grandchildren; and a sister, Claire Abare of Chelmsford. A sister, Lucella Maurer, preceded her in death.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, May 13th at 10 A.M. in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 52 Spruce Street, Winchendon. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.
Calling hours in Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon are Thursday, May 12th from 5 to 7 P.M.
Memorial donations may be made to Little People of America, 250 El Camino Real Suite 218, Tustin, CA 92780.