Robert Edward LeMaire
August 21, 1922 – September 6, 2018
Robert Edward LeMaire, 96, of Sun City, AZ, passed away on September 6, 2018. He was born in Chicago, IL. His parents were Harvey and Sophie LeMaire. After school, Bob joined the US Army Air Corps and honorably served our nation during WWII. He was stationed in Italy and North Africa and was a navigator on a B24 Liberator and manned two 50-caliber machine guns. He earned the Good Conduct medal, the Distinguished Unit Badge with an Oak Cluster and two Bronze Service Stars added to his EAME Theater Ribbon. After the War, Bob returned to Ohio and worked for the McHugh Construction Company as a draftsman. In the 1960’s, Bob moved to Arizona and worked for Motorola until he retired. He met his wife, Diane, at a Seniors’ Dance and they have been together ever since. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Margaret Valdez and brother and sister-in-law, Leonard and Mary LeMaire. He is survived by his beloved wife of 27 years, Rosalind Diane LeMaire, brother, John “Jack” D. (wife, Donna) LeMaire, son, Steve LeMaire, step-sister, Marilyn Ramey, six grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. A Visitation will be held from 3-5pm on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at Sunland Memorial Park and Mortuary, 15826 Del Webb Blvd., in Sun City. A Funeral Mass at 10am Thursday, September 20, 2018 at St Joachim and St Anne Catholic Church, 11625 N. 111th Ave., in Sun City. Interment will follow with military honors at Sunland Memorial Park. A letter from Bob to Diane... Our wedding day, August 24th, was everything one could hope for. A beautiful wedding and a reception afterwards that was filled with so much happiness. The food and service at our reception was super. It was obvious from the sounds of laughter and joy that resounded thru out the room that everyone had a wonderful time. We had a mixed crowd, Catholics, Mormons and Protestants, from 4 years old Robert (my grandchild), to 99 years old Earl, our Mormon friend from Sun City. A total of 90 people helped us celebrate. Afterwards Di and I left for Payson, AZ. to enjoy our new status as husband and wife and to take in the cool weather and scenery. We visited “Zane Gray’s” cabin, that is what’s left of it as it burned down in a forest fire started by lightning. We headed back Sunday and stopped at “Fountain Hills” on the way home to see the world’s highest water fountain and then to Youngtown. Di and I are two very happy, grateful people to have one another and look forward to a happy life together. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect to find as nice a person for a wife. I have someone very special to share and plan our future together. What a nice feeling, I am indeed one lucky guy.
- Rosalind (27 years) Diane LeMaire, Wife
- John (Donna) LeMaire, Brother
- Steve LeMaire, Son
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Margaret Valdez and brother and sister-in-law, Leonard and Mary LeMaire.
Robert is also survived by step-sister, Marilyn Ramey, six grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
- Rich Sandow, Active Pallbearer
- Jack LeMaire, Active Pallbearer
- Steven LeMaire, Active Pallbearer
- Kevin LeMaire, Active Pallbearer
- Steve LeMaire, Active Pallbearer
- Jose Robles, Active Pallbearer
- Kathy Sandow, Honorary Pallbearer
- Maria LeMaire, Honorary Pallbearer
- Visitation Wednesday, September 19, 2018
- Funeral Mass Thursday, September 20, 2018
Robert Edward LeMaire
Bonnie & Bill Sharp
October 11, 2018
Diane & family, we are so sorry for your loss. We didn't know Bob well, but always enjoyed seeing him. It was so special to find out that his uncle's wife, I believe it was, wrote the "Golden Pheasant Polka" which was the theme song of our favorite polka band from Michigan (we lived in MN.) before the leader passed. We couldn't wait to hear that song! What a small world. Our deepest sympathy to all.