Colchester - Wayne M. Rheaume, 85, died on Friday, March 16th at the McClure Miller VNA Respite House.
He was born in Burlington, VT on March 18th, 1932 the son of George Bernard and Beatrice (Fisher) Rheaume. He graduated from Burlington High School in 1950 and attended Mt. San Antonio Jr. College, the University of New Hampshire and several military schools.
Wayne served in the USMC Reserve in 1949 and was activated from 1950-1952. He was a police officer in Burlington from 1953-1956 and in Chino, California until 1957. He reenlisted in the USMC in 1958 and served in Vietnam from 1965-1966. He received the following awards and medals: Secretary of Navy Achievement, Marine Corps Good Conduct, Navy Occupation Service, National Service, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Service, Army Reserve Components Service and many unit award ribbons. In 1972 Wayne joined the Vermont Army National Guard where he worked until his retirement in 1992.
He was a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus and served as the Faithful Navigator of Assembly 1500 in Winter Haven, Florida and a member of the Fourth Degree DeGoesbriand Assembly 1148 in Burlington. He was also an accomplished artist in oil and acrylic mediums since 1969.
Wayne is survived by his wife of 59 years, Elaine (Malaney), his children Jeffrey (Ana Maria) and Kevin Rheaume, Suzanne (John) Smith, and Kelley (Alan) Beams, his grandchildren Jade, Danny, Jessica, Ansley, Ryan, Shannon, Taylor, Arielle, Leah, Honora, 5 great-grandchildren, his aunt Mrs. Rita Hill and several cousins.
The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Dr. Stephen Baad, the Colchester Rescue Squad and Police Department, the VNA and the Respite House staff for their care and compassion.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, March 24th at 10am at Our Lady of Grace church, Route 2A, Colchester. Burial will follow in Resurrection Park Cemetery in So. Burlington, with military honors. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675 or https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/donate.