Roger A. "Butch" Lavallee, 82, of Millbury, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester.
His high school sweetheart and wife of 32 years, H. Janice (Langway) Lavallee, died in 1993.
He leaves three children: Paul L. Lavallee and his wife, Raemah A. (Williams) Lavallee, of Worcester, Peter C. Lavallee and his wife, Kelly J. (Mottram) Lavallee, of Bradford, and Lisa M. (Lavallee) Vaughan and her husband, James B. Vaughan, of Millbury; eight grandchildren; a great granddaughter; a sister, Joyce (Lavallee) Lafortune of Dunnellon, FL; and his beloved faithful dog, Jez.
In addition to his wife, Butch was predeceased by his parents, Adelard J. "Del" and Oliva M. (Dumas) Lavallee and two brothers: J. Richard Lavallee and Eugene D. Lavallee.
Born in Millbury on May 27, 1938, he lived there for most of his life. He was a graduate of Millbury Memorial High School and a lifelong member of Assumption Catholic Parish, Millbury. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran who served as a radio operator in France as a member of U.S. Air Force, Europe. He was honorably discharged in 1962 after three years active duty and three years in the Air Force Reserve.
Returning from his Air Force service, Butch went into business with his father, Del, the founder, owner, and head chef of Ideal Lunch on Main Street in Millbury, eventually becoming the owner of the restaurant which he operated for 15 years, into the 1970's.
Butch's passion for electronics led him next to work for Alden Electronics of Westborough. During his more than 20 years of employment at Alden, he travelled the globe and was able to return multiple times to France, his favorite destination.
Finally, he established Val-Pro International, selling, installing and training military operators of weather systems throughout the Caribbean area, a business he guided until his death.
Butch was adored by his children and grandchildren who will most remember his love for his family, his passion for cooking, and his contagious laugh. Though they will miss him immensely, they are comforted knowing he has been reunited for eternity with Janice, his one true love, and with all of his close family members.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial which will be celebrated for Butch at 10:30 A.M. on Monday, March 8, in Assumption Catholic Church, 10 Waters St., Millbury. He will be buried beside Janice in St. Brigid's Cemetery, Millbury, following the Mass. Social distancing and facemasks will be required. There are no calling hours. Butch's immediate family will gather together privately on Sunday.
Donations in his memory should be made to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen St., Suite 250, Framingham, MA 01701 (www.cancer.org).
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