Emile Eugene Lefebvre
He was the 6th of 7 children. He spent his entire youth in Woonsocket. He left school after the 10th grade to help the family financially working as a bobbin-setter in the textile industry. In 1949 he joined the Marine Corps during the Korean conflict and remained until receiving an honorable discharge shortly after successful peace-talks with the North Koreans began to slow the war.
Emile returned to Woonsocket in 1952, where he met Jeannette Petrin. The two fell in love and eloped to California. In 1953 Emile took a job as a machinist at Douglas Aircraft, which became McDonnell Douglas Aircraft in Torrance, CA. The two purchased a home in Redondo Beach, where they raised 5 children.
Emile continued his career with the aircraft giant for the next 33 years. He retired on his 55th birthday in 1986 after attaining the position of Plant Superintendent. One year later Emile and Jeannette moved to Newberg, Oregon, joining 4 of their 5 adult children. They retired on 20 acres where he became a gentleman rancher of sorts, tinkering with the farm equipment used to manage the property, fishing at his leisure, enjoying the spectacular sunsets over the coast range, and going to garage sales on weekends.
Emile was preceded in death by his oldest son Emile Ernest who passed away in April 2001. Ten years later his wife Jeannette also preceded him in death, passing away in February of 2011. Emile spent the last 9 years of his life with his sons Richard, Robert, and Gerry, all of Newberg. Emile passed away January 25th, 2020 at the age of 88 years and 3 months. He is survived by his three sons Richard, Robert, and Gerry Lefebvre, all of Newberg, Oregon; a daughter, Jackie Cooke of Tampa Florida, 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. There will be a private graveside service at the Nobel Pioneer Cemetery near Newberg.