SOUTH GARDINER, MAINE
Ronald Roussel of South Gardiner, Maine died on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at the Maine Veterans Home in Augusta surrounded by his family.
Ron was born on July 9, 1943, the son of Elderic Roussel and Rita C. Brunelle Roussel. He attended St. Augustine School (’57); Cony High School (’61) and had attended the University of Maine at Augusta, majoring in Social Science with a concentration in History.
He married the love of his life, Cecile Beaulieu, in Sept of 1967. Ron treasured the close rapport that he and Cecile had with their two children, Michelle and Richard. This love of family grew with the arrival of their grandchildren Michael Caliandro, Samuel Roussel, Simon Roussel, Emily Caliandro and with Tyler and Mikaela Edwards.
After a thirty eight year career in the Maine Army National Guard, Ron retired as a Chief Warrant Officer Five in April of 2000. He cherished his longtime affiliation with soldiers in Maine and around the Nation. He was also employed by the State of Maine for 18 years, (then) Adjutant General’s Department as Headquarters Maine National Guard, Adjutant for 15 years until his entry into the Active Guard and Reserve program in 1981. During his service, he had held the enlisted ranks through Sergeant and Officer ranks through Major. He had attended numerous Army Service Schools to include: Noncommissioned Officers’ Academy at Fort Dix NJ; Officer Candidate School Camp Keyes, Augusta ME; Adjutant General’s Officer Basic and Advance Courses at Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN as well as Command and General Staff College USAR School, Warrant Officer Advanced Course at Ft. Benj. Harrison IN and the Warrant Officer Senior Staff Course at Fort Rucker, AL.
Ron was the recipient of the following military awards, decorations and service ribbons: Legion of Merit (Legionnaire); Meritorious Service Medal (Army); Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf); Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (with Silver Oak Leaf); Humanitarian Service Medal (with Star); National Defense Service Medal (with Star); Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Gold Hourglass); Noncommissioned Officer Development Ribbon (with numeral 3) the Army Service Ribbon as well as the MENG Good Conduct Ribbon; Initial Active Duty Training Ribbon; Honorable Service Ribbon (with two silver stars) and other State of Maine awards.
In addition to spending time with his family, Ron enjoyed singing and music. He began singing via the Cony High School Glee Club which resulted in many friendships that he maintained throughout his life. Later, he was a member of the Bank of ME Bicentennial Singers; the Augusta Symphony Organization; Kennebec Performing Arts Co., Chamber Singers and Chorus. On the latter two, he also served on the Board of Directors. As with many adult singers, he began his love of music via the Church Choir at St. Augustine in the 1960’s as a teenager and continued in various church choirs there throughout his adult life. He was a communicant of St. Michael’s Parish.
He continued his affiliation with things military, post retirement, by serving as Curator at the Maine Military Historical Society Museum at Camp Keyes (since 1988.) He particularly enjoyed giving tours to younger visitors and of course Veterans. Additionally, he had assisted several authors, members of Congress as well as many genealogists with their Military Historical research.
Ron also served the community through teaching Confraternity of Christian Doctrine at St. Augustine Church in the mid 1960’s. He was a staff member of the Sharpies Drill Team of Hallowell, ME, traveling with them throughout the Northeast and Maritime Canada for about ten years. From 1965-67, he was Chief Counselor to the St. Aloysius Gonzaga Circle, Columbian Squires in Augusta.
Ron was a member of the following organizations: Knights of Columbus Council 8918, Hallowell, ME; American Legion Post 6, Hallowell, ME; American Veterans’ Post, South Portland, ME and a member of National AUS. He was also a Life member of: Disabled American Veterans; Military Officers Assoc. of America; National Guard Association of the United States; National Guard Association of Maine and the Maine Military Historical Society.
Ron will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 50 years, Cecile as well as his children, Michelle Edwards and Richard Roussel. He also leaves behind his brother, Andy Roussel and wife Mary, son-in-law, Carl Edwards, daughter-in-law, Kelly Roussel, and five of his grandchildren, Michael Caliandro, Samuel and Simon Roussel, Tyler and Mikaela Edwards, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Ron was predeceased by his brother, Paul E Roussel, his parents, and his granddaughter Emily Caliandro.
The family owes a debt of gratitude for the generous, loving care provided by the staff at Renaissance Quality Home Care, as well as the staff at the Maine Veterans Home in Augusta.
Visiting hours will be held at Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta, ME on Monday, July 2nd from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Augustine Church, Augusta on Tuesday July 3rd at 10 am. A reception at Le Club Calumet will be held immediately following the Mass.
Committal with military honors will be held at Noon on Wednesday July 18, 2018 at the gravesite (Section J) in Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 163 Mt. Vernon Road, Augusta, ME.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in memory of Ron.