Arthur Ernest Gagnon went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday,?March 24, 2011, after a lengthy illness. His family was at his side.
Art was born Feb. 23, 1930, in Albany, NY to Edouard Romeo Gagnon and Jeannette Rose (LeBuis)?Gagnon.
He graduated from Vincentian Institute High School, Albany, NY in 1948. Two years later he enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving for 20 years. Art loved his work as an aircraft mechanic, stationed at Williams Air Force Base, AZ. There he met his wife, Delores Maye Edwards of Emmetsburg, marrying her on Feb. 28, 1953.
Other assignments in Art's military career included Korea, Japan, England, France, New Mexico, Hawaii and Michigan. In 1971 he retired as a Senior Master Sergeant. The family moved to Colorado Springs where Art worked as the host at the U.S. Air Force Academy Visitor Center. He enjoyed meeting people from around the world. After 20 years he retired from civil service. From 1993 until 2010 he enjoyed part-time work as a starter and marshal at Silver Spruce Golf Course, Peterson AFB, CO.
Art was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Retired Enlisted Association and Disabled American Veterans.?He had a strong love for baseball and enjoyed umpiring in the city at the high school and college levels. In later years while spending the winters in Mesa, AZ, he had the privilege of working with the Chicago Cubs at HoHoKam Stadium during Spring Training. Other activities he thoroughly enjoyed were golf, bowling, camping and tending his beautiful yard.
Art is survived by his wife of 58 years, Delores Gagnon; and three children, Lt. Colonel (Ret) James Gagnon (Catherine), Gail Sprenger (Steven) and David Gagnon (Laurel). He was a doting grandpa to Jacqueline Gagnon, 1Lt Joseph Gagnon, David Sprenger, Brian Sprenger (Lisa), Julie Sprenger, James Gagnon, Robert Gagnon and Daniel Gagnon - also a great grandpa to Charlie and Henry Sprenger.
Also surviving are Art's sister, Jeannine Mueller of Rochester,?NY, brother-in-law Lyle Edwards (Betty)?of Emmetsburg, and several nieces and nephews.
To everyone he met, Art was a real friend. He had a caring nature and great sense of humor. He was a wonderful husband and a nurturing father and mentor who loved the Lord and influenced his family to follow Him.
A Funeral Mass in his honor will be held in Colorado Springs at St. Mary's Cathedral on Monday, April 4, at 2 p.m., with a reception to follow at The Retired Enlisted Association on the SE corner of Galley Rd. and Murray Blvd.
Donations may be left to your favorite charity or flowers are welcome.
Cards can be sent to Mrs. Delores Gagnon, 1317 Doyle Place, Colorado Springs, CO 80915.