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2013-12-26

Roger Joseph Bolduc

1929-2013

Roger Joseph Bolduc, 84, of Bandera, was taken by his maker on Saturday, Dec. 14, passing peacefully at his home with his wife of 65 years, Olga, at his side. He was born on April 5, 1929, to Louis Bolduc and Geraldine Chouinard Bolduc in Lowell, Massachusetts.

Roger married Olga Barger on Dec. 4, 1948, at San Jose Mission in San Antonio. The couple began their life together in Bandera when they spent their honeymoon at a friend's cabin.

Roger enlisted in the Army Air Corps on Nov. 3, 1946, retiring 33 years later on June 30, 1979 as a lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force. During his illustrious military service, Roger traveled around the world, including France, Germany and Thailand. While in France - and later during the Vietnam War era in Thailand - he served as a French-English interpreter.

He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Force Longevity Service Award with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star and Vietnam Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars.

A member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Roger was a 3rd Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and an active leader of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Roger and Olga enjoyed camping and traveling with their many square dance groups, the Flying Squares, the Camping Squares and the Cowboy Capital Squares, a group from Bandera.

A loving husband and devoted father, Roger served as the heart of the Bolduc family, inspiring others by his example of kindness, integrity and wise counsel. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

Roger is survived by his wife, Olga Barger Bolduc; sons, Roy John Bolduc and his wife, Zohra, of Salem, Oregon; Ricky Bolduc of Santa Rosa, California; Robert Bolduc and his wife, Diane, of Cibolo; and Russell Bolduc and his wife, Diane, of Spring Branch; and daughters, Priscilla Bolduc of San Antonio; Patty Bolduc of Conroe; and Mary Ann Ries and her husband, Douglas, of Rapid City, South Dakota, as well as by 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sisters, Lorraine Bourassa of Mansfield; Jackie Lamourex of Windham, New Hampshire; Charlotte Bolduc of Lowell, Massachusetts; and Cecile Snoonian of Hampton, New Hampshire.

Roger was predeceased by his parents and brother Louis Bolduc.

A Rosary was prayed and a funeral mass co-celebrated by Roger's nephew, Father Michael DeGerolami, and Father John Nolan, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church on Wednesday, Dec. 18. Pallbearers included his son-in-law, Douglas Ries, and grandsons Joshua Ries, Dustin Spung, Jeremy Bolduc, Jacob Bolduc and Aaron Bolduc.

A military interment will be held at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio in the near future.

Condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on the "Send Condolences" link at www.grimesfuneralchapels.com.

Arrangements were entrusted to Grimes Funeral Chapels of Bandera.