The Port Arthur News
PORT ARTHUR —
Raymond J. Daigle, Sr., 87, died on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont, TX.
He was born on January 21, 1926 in Port Arthur TX. to Donation E. Daigle and Virginia Hebert Daigle.
Captain Raymond Daigle began his military career in the enlisted ranks in 1942 with the Army, completing paratrooper school in November. He was sent overseas in 1944 and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. He was wounded in the invasion of Holland in September 1944. He returned to combat 3 months later in time for the Battle of the Bulge at Bastogne. He served until July the following year. He was discharged in October 1945.
In 1947, the ex-paratrooper joined the 111th Engineering Battalion, TNG, at Port Arthur as a private. After 4 years as a supply technician, he received his commission as 2nd lieutenant in 1953.
Three years later he was promoted to 1st lieutenant. He transferred to the Air National Guard in 1958 and was assigned as supply officer of the 273rd. In September 1961, he was promoted to Captain. He was reassigned to the outside plant in 1964, having served in every rank to Captain.
Among his decorations are the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, ETO with three stars and Bronze Arrow Head, Army of Occupation Medal, Texas Service Medal, Texas Faithful Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
Raymond was a retired pipefitter from Chevron (Gulf) refinery as well as a retired Captain from the National Guard.
His favorite part of the day had come to be going to the Port Neches Senior Center to visit, eat lunch and to bowl on the Wii.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, January 17, 2014 at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves with Reverend Beverly Tune officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Bluff Memorial Park in Port Neches.
A visitation for family and friends will be Thursday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Raymond was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Lynell Daigle and his oldest son, Alvin (Skippy) Daigle.
He is survived by two sons, Raymond J. Daigle, Jr. and wife, Marilyn of Houston, TX, Gary W. Daigle and wife, Penny of Port Neches, TX, daughter-in-law, Charlotte Daigle of Houston, TX, nine grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and a host of special nieces and nephews.