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Joseph Tureene.

DUDLEY - Joseph Turenne, 76, died Jan. 3, in Radius of Millbury.

He leaves a daughter, Michele St. Germain of Shrewsbury; three sons, Gary Turenne of Dudley, Mark Turenne of Ocala, Fla., and Sean Patrick Turenne of Grosvenordale, Conn.; stepchildren Debra Leenutaphong of Thailand, Susan Adams of Sturbridge, Jayne Langley of Charlton and Ronald Wenneberg of Dudley; 15 grandchildren and a great-grandson. He was predeceased by his first wife, Theresa Lemieux Turenne, in 1975 and his second wife, Sally (Vartanian) Turenne, in 1987.

He was born in Southbridge, the son of George and Aurora (Frappiere) Turenne.

Raised in Thompson, Conn., he served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict and Vietnam War, retiring in 1973. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding service as a noncommissioned officer in charge of the personal division to the 6th Allied Tactical Air Force from 1968 to 1969. He lived in Dudley for 33 years. He worked as a sales manager in marketing for John Hancock Life Insurance, retiring in 1987. He was a private pilot with more than 1,300 hours of air time. He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Oxford and member and past commander of American Legion Post No. 184 in Webster.

A visiting hour will be held from 7 to 8 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 10, followed by a memorial service at 8 p.m. in Bartel Funeral Home & Chapel, 33 Schofield Ave., Dudley. The Webster-Dudley Veterans Council will provide military honors. Burial of his ashes will be private, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the American Legion Post No. 184 Scholarship Fund, Houghton Street, Webster, MA 01570, Worcester County Food Bank, 474 Boston Turnpike Road, Shrewsbury, MA 01545, or to a local food pantry.
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