Obituary: Norman J. LaVigne

March 1, 1931 – August 31, 2017

SFC (Retired) Norman J. LaVigne, 86, passed away Thursday, August 31, 2017 at his home in Lawton surrounded by his family.

Norm was born to John Joseph and Anna Delima (Gauthier) LaVigne in Black River/Alcona County, Michigan, on March 1, 1931. He grew up on his family farm where he worked in farming and logging. A talented baseball player, he pitched for the local county league, and later with the U.S. Army Team after he enlisted in the service in 1948. Norm met and married Anna E. (Frank) LaVigne while stationed in Germany in 1953. Norm and Anna were married for 56 years before Anna’s passing on May 16, 2009. SFC LaVigne served in the U.S. Army as a mechanic in both Korean and Vietnam Wars. After his retirement at Fort Sill in 1969, he owned and operated LaVigne’s Phillips 66 Service Stations in Lawton for 20-plus years.

Norm is survived by his children Norman W. and Pamela LaVigne, of Maryville, Tennessee, Sylvia Burgamy, Karen and Michael Everett, Patricia LaVigne all of Lawton, Oklahoma, Desiree and Charles Roan of Brownsville, Texas, Angie Mitchell of Lawton, Oklahoma; grandchildren Stacey Riles, Sara Robinson, Andrea Irwin, Christopher and Brian Burgamy, Rhonda Hanson, Jason and Clinton Everett, Jeremiah LaVigne, Christine Roper, Jacob Roan, Michael Musgrove, Jessica Thaxton, and Matthew Mitchell; great-grandchildren Brooklyn, Ethan and Brandon Irwin, Shayna and Amarria Cook, Tyree, Tiana, Sage and Kayson Robinson, Elijah Burgamy, Evelyn Burgamy, Hayden, Aspen, Ryker and Hartlie Everett, Evan and Savannah Everett, Aubrey and Zane Roper, Elizabeth, Easton, Hayden Oleta and Nicklaus Musgrove; sisters Marie Lee of Oscoda, Michigan and Jeanette Neveau of Bay City, Michigan; sisters-in-law Jewell LaVigne of Clinton, OKklahoma, Gladys LaVigne, Vera LaVigne, Margaret LaVigne, Marion LaVigne, and one brother-in-law Rudy Wenzel, all of Michigan; brother-in-law Arnold and sister-in-law Marie-Luise Frank of Germany; along with several nieces and nephews; and Dr. Michael Ramos of Meers, Oklahoma. 

Norm was preceded in death by his parents, eight brothers, four sisters, his wife Anna and one child. 

Graveside service was Tuesday (Sept. 5) at Fort Sill National Cemetery in Elgin, Oklahoma. Burial with full military honors was under the direction of Becker-Rabon Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, 4704 NW Motif Manor Blvd. #5, Lawton, OK 73505, Aspire Hospice, 6217 W. Gore Blvd, Lawton, OK 73505, or Lawton Animal Welfare, 2104 SW 6th St., Lawton, OK 73501.

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