Fred J. LeBouef Jr.

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FRED J. LEBOUEF, JR.
June 14, 1925 ~ March 22, 2011

Fred J. LeBouef, Jr. ("Bud" to his family) of Bedford, IN, passed away March 22, 2011. He was born in Leland, MS, to Fred and Annette LeBouef, as the second of what would ultimately be seven children. Fred spent most of his childhood in Plaquemine, LA before moving to Vancouver, WA.
Fred very proudly served in the U.S. Navy during WWII. He helped build the ship he served on, the USS St. Lo (CVE-63, formerly Midway), at the Kaiser Shipyards in Vancouver, and was on the St. Lo when it became the first American ship sunk by Kamikaze attack at the Battle of Leyte Gulf in October, 1944. Fred received many awards and medals during his time in the Navy, none more important to him than the two Purple Hearts he received for being wounded in action. To him, they served as a constant reminder of how lucky he was to have survived the horrors of war, and of how many of his friends had not been as fortunate.
After the war, Fred worked in Business Management for many years all around the U.S. In 1976, he returned to Vancouver, where he worked at Fort Vancouver Plywood Company until his retirement in 1995.
After retirement, Fred moved one last time to Bedford, IN, where he served as the AARP State Coordinator for Community Operations, and where he received the prestigious Andrus award for his years of volunteer service.
Fred is survived by his wife, Pat; one daughter, Laura; one adopted daughter, Michelle; three sons, Greg, Scott and Joe; his sister, Maryann; his brother, Lee; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Lorraine, Faye and Carol; his brother, Kenny; and his grandson, Jeff.
Private memorial services are being held by the family.
Please sign Fred's guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on May 1, 2011
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