Eugene "Gene" Joseph LaFrenierre

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  • Name: Eugene "Gene" Joseph LaFrenierre
  • Location of Birth: Coleraine, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: February 5, 1934
  • Date of Death: February 14, 1993
  • Parents: Antoine LaFrenierre & Agnes (Charbonneau) LaFrenierre
  • High School and Class: Greenway High School, Coleraine, Minnesota
  • College: Chapman College, Orange County, California - bachelor of arts degree in social science
    Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minnesota - bachelor of science in education
  • Highest Rank: SMSGT (Senior Master Sergeant)
  • Branch: Air Force
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  • Date Sworn In: June 9, 1952
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  • Date of Discharge: August 31, 1975
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  • Wars Involved:
    Korean War
    Vietnam War

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  • Civilian Life:
    Eugene LaFrenierre married Yvonne West in Minnesota in 1953. He was a teacher for School Districts 316 and 318 in Itasca County. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Itasca Ski & Outing Club. He was a USSA Nordic Ski Jumping judge.

    Gene died in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Coleraine, Minnesota (Block 30). He is survived by his wife, Yvonne; four sons, Raymond A., Ronald T., Richard N., and Robert J.; one daughter, Karen Haywood; three brothers, Verdell, Earl, and Robert; two sisters, Mildred Schwartz and Lucille Powers; and three grandchildren.

  • Tribal Affiliation(s): Chippewa