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Wayne Lavalier

July 10, 1927-Aug. 7, 2009

Wayne L. Lavalier, 82, of Detroit Lakes, died Friday, August 7, 2009 at St. Mary's Innovis Health in Detroit Lakes.

Wayne Leslie Lavalier was born to Frank J. and Marie S. (Carlson) Lavalier on July 10, 1927 in Bovey, Minn., where he was raised and educated. Following his education, he served with the U.S. Navy, 1945-52. During his service he was a pattern cutter, serving aboard the USS Swift near Korea. He later served in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Wayne married Olga Blanco in 1953 in Cuba. Following his discharge, he returned to Minnesota, where he worked in the Danube Iron Mine. From 1975-78, he lived in Colorado, where he worked as a cabinetmaker. In 1978, he moved to Detroit Lakes, where he worked for Pella Windows, Dynamic Homes and Lambert Lumber.

Wayne married Sharon DeWitt in 1980 in Detroit Lakes. He enjoyed wood carving especially sign, scenes and rifle stocks; making puzzles, planters and furniture; playing the guitar, telling jokes, fishing and being out doors.

Surviving Wayne are his children, Chili (Michael) Kost and Connie Gordon of Fairmont, Neb., Wayne Lavalier Jr. of Oak Grove, Minn., Frank (Lori) Lavalier of Inverness, Fla., Yvonne (Doug) Letsch of Panama, Neb., Lisa Nicholls of Burnsville, Minn., Tanya Kroeger and Suzette Krose of Lincoln, Neb., and Dee Dee Carlson of Detroit Lakes; stepchildren, Brenda Sharbono of Fargo, Beverly DeeDon of Joplin, Mo., Robert Smith of Fargo and Dwain DeWitt of Detroit Lakes; numerous grand and great grandchildren; two sisters, Jeanette Chucker of Tulsa, Okla., and Lorraine Andrews of Grand Rapids, Minn.

Preceding him in death were his first wife, Olga and an infant son, Paul.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 13 at the David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14 at the David-Donehower Funeral Home, with the Rev. Tim Cook officiating. Interment will be in Lakeview Cemetery, rural Detroit Lakes, with Military Honors provided by the Lake Region Color Guard.

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