Philip H. LavoieJun 30, 2016 From Staff
Philip H. Lavoie of Riverton died Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at his home. He was 77 years old.
Philip H. Lavoie was born Aug. 17, 1938, in Providence, Rhode Island, to Roland N. and Mary E. (Morris) Lavoie.
He was raised in Rhode Island, graduating high school there before joining the U.S. Army and serving in the Korean War.
His missions included being a sharpshooter for the Military Police, and he was part of security forces while in Japan for secret missions. Ge was honorably discharged in 1960.
He later took flying lessons in Denver, becoming a pilot for charter and commercial airlines in the 1960s and 1970s.
After serving in the Army he was a salesman in pharmaceutical sales and managed Bi-Rite Drug Stores in Casper and Sheridan, then settled in Riverton working for his father in law, Clark Hutchison at the Bronco Bar.
He married Marilyn J. Hutchison on April 16, 1968, in Casper.
Mr. Lavoie then operated heavy equipment in the Gas Hills for Lucky Mc for 11 years. After the industry layoffs, he and wife Marilyn owned and operated Daisy Cleaners, Daisy Laundry and Daisy Embroidery, Daisy Janitorial and PhilMar Enterprises, along with J.C. Penney catalog sales for many years until his retirement.
In his retirement years Mr. Lavoie "loved driving semis for different companies and traveling being able to see the world," family members said. "His great love was driving school buses for Riverton School District 25, driving the kids to school and on their activity buses to their sports or conferences all over the state. He absolutely loved interacting with the kids and coaches.
"The job he was most proud of in life was being a grandfather. He was a true patriot."
His family said he enjoyed carpentry work, putting together model air planes, camping, traveling and driving. He was involved in many civic and church activities that kept him very busy. He was a past member of the Elks Lodge, Rotary Club, Sertoma, Wyoming Modelers Park, and past board member of the Riverton Chamber of Commerce.
He was very involved in Camp Bethel on the Big Horn Mountains and was a part in starting the CATS Museum for children and youth in Riverton.
Phil Lavoie is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marilyn Lavoie of Riverton; daughter Tami Lukkes and Dave Horst of Cheyenne; sons Guy Lavoie and wife Shannan of Riverton, Jeff Lavoie and wife Kim of Tacoma, Wash.; five grandchildren, Chase Lukkes, Cheylee Lukkes, Haylee Lavoie, Sam Lavoie, and Gabe Lavoie; brothers-in-law Randy and Mary Hutchison, Tom Hutchison, Tim and Connie Hutchison, John and Sherry Hutchison, and Rodney Lukkes.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roland and Mary Lavoie; and a brother, Ronnie Lavoie.
Viewing is from 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 1, at Davis Funeral Home in Riverton.
A memorial service is at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 6, at the United Baptist Church. Interment follows at Mountain View Cemetery, with military honors. A reception at the church follows.
Memorials may be made to United Baptist Church Mission Programs, Riverton Set Free Church or the Shiner Children Hospital in care of the Davis Funeral Home, 2203 W. Main Street, Riverton, WY 82501 (theDavisFuneralHome.com).