Leo A. 'Joe' Couture, 78

LACONIA — Leo "Joe" A. Couture, 78, of 46 Edwards Street died at the Catholic Medical Center in Manchester on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.

Mr. Couture was born July 23, 1935 in Laconia, the son of the late Alphonse and Antoinette (Labreque) Couture.

Mr. Couture was a lifelong resident of Laconia. He was a Veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars, retiring after twenty-two years in the U. S. Army as a Sergeant First Class.

Mr. Couture had also been employed at Irwin Marine, Irwin Motors, BouliaGorrell Lumber Co., the Laconia Clinic and Meredith Ford.

Mr. Couture was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church. He was a member and former Post Commander, Trustee and Chaplain of the American Legion, Wilkins Smith Post No. 1 and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Laconia Post #1670.

Mr. Couture loved his grandkids.

Survivors include his wife, Muriel (Dutile) Couture, of Laconia; four sons, Wayne Uhlenberg of Laconia, William Couture of Louisiana, and Michael Couture and Scott Couture, both of Indiana; three daughters, Catherine Catledge of Georgia, Wanda Yates of Louisiana and Pamela Woods of Concord; eleven grandchildren ; a brother, Roger Couture, of Vermont; two sisters, Lillian Corliss of Lakeport and Rita Bruno of Tilton and many nephews and nieces.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday, August 3, 2013 from 9:30-11:00AM in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.

Following the calling hours, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30AM at St. Andre Bessette Parish, Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Avenue, Laconia, N.H.

Burial will be at a later date in the family lot at Sacred Heart Cemetery, Laconia, N. H.

For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the American Legion, Wilkins Smith Post No. 1, PO Box 494, Laconia, NH 03247.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is assisting the family with the arrangements.

For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.