Leo Hector Boucher
Major, United States Air Force
a contemporary press report:
Leo Hector Boucher, 83, a retired Air Force Major who owned and operated the Boucher Building Corp. of Alexandria from 1978 until retiring from custom home building in 1991, died of congestive heart failure July 19, 2003, at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. He lived in Alexandria, Virginia.
Major Boucher, who settled in the Washington area in 1964, was born in Attleboro, Massachusetts. He enlisted in the Army in 1942. He was commissioned in the Army Air Forces during World War II, during which he flew in Europe. For a time, he flew gliders behind enemy lines in Belgium.
After the war, he spent four years in Europe as a pilot and general's aide. After retiring from active duty in 1962, he spent two years as a civilian employee at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama. He then came to the Washington area and worked for Keens Homes in Alexandria before starting his own company. Major Boucher's decorations included the Air Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.
He did work for mentally retarded children through activities at the Catholic chapel at Fort Belvoir.
His wife, the former Elizabeth "Libby" Abernathy, whom he married in 1951, died in 1995. A son, Victor L., died in 1968.
Survivors include a son, Barton W., of Alexandria;
a daughter, Cynthia Mason of Virginia Beach; a brother; seven grandchildren;
and two great-grandchildren.
On Saturday, July 19, 2003. He was the loving husband of the late Elizabeth A. "Libby" Boucher; father of Cynthia Mason of Virginia Beach, VA, Barton W. Boucher of Alexandria, VA and the late Victor L. Boucher; brother of Gerald Boucher and the late Florence B. Sears; grandfather of Julie Miles, Christina Santa Cruz and Rebecca and Robert Boucher, Christine, Katherine and Kimberly Mason. He was the great-grandfather of Dominic and Brandon Santa Cruz and father-in-law, Cairn Boucher and Pat Mason.
Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Tuesday, August 26 at 12:45 p.m. at Fort Myer Chapel. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to ARC of Northern Virginia, 100 N. Washington St., Suite 234, Falls Church, Virginia 22046.
Photo courtesy of Russell C. Jacobs, August 2006
BOUCHER, LEO HECTOR
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