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Richard F. Dansereau, Jr.

 

October 25, 2018

Courtesy R. Dansereau

Marine R. Dansereau, upon completing basic training.

Richard F. Dansereau, Jr. entered this world on August 8, 1963 in Renton, Washington, a suburb of Seattle. His parents are, the late Richard F. Dansereau Sr. and Kaye Wilson of Arizona.

During his childhood years, he lived in Boise, Idaho, and then moved to Green River, Wyoming, where he attended elementary school partially through junior high.

During junior high, Dansereau found himself back in Boise, and he graduated from Borah High School in 1982.

Dansereau had come to love the state of Wyoming, and upon his high school graduation he moved back to Wyoming.

After being in Wyoming, he headed back to Washington to help his dad. While there, he attended college and would meet the love of his life, his wife, Susan.

During this time, he had many conversations with his dad about his future, and the military. Dansereau decided to join the military, not just the military, but the United States Marine Corps.

The year was 1986 and with the decision made to enlist, he made his plans and the day before he left for boot camp, Susan and he were married.

Dansereau completed his training and his first duty station was in Yuma, Arizona. He was a cook.

His next duty station would take him across the seas to Okinawa, Japan. After serving his tour there, he would be transferred back to the states to sunny Southern California, San Diego, to the Recruit Depot.

Leaving Southern California, Dansereau would head north to Pickle Meadows in Northern California. He would be stationed at the Marine Corps. Mountain Warfare Training Center.

Dansereau, finished his tour at MWTC and would head back overseas, again to Okinawa, Japan.

During this time, he would hone his skills in the kitchen, and would eventually be the production manager for the First Cook Chill Facility on Okinawa.

His advancement would take him to the other side of the United States to Fort Lee, Virginia where he would serve as an food service instructor.

Being the typical military man with a family, his wife Susan, would travel to the different bases when permitted. "There were places I could have them with me, but not all." stated Dansereau.

After serving 20 years and 9 months in the Marine Corps, Dansereau retired as an E-8 and moved his family back to the state he loved and called home - Wyoming. His wife, Susan says he took 21 years to talk me in to moving to Wyoming, jokingly.

Prior to his retirement, he joined the American Legion. He has remained a member since and has moved up the ladder in Legion leadership, from being a Post Commander, District Vice Commander, District Commander to the new 2018-2019 State of Wyoming Department Commander. Susan Dansereau is also serving as the American Legion, State of Wyoming Auxiliary President 2018-2019.

Penny Merryfield

Susan Dansereau pins her husband, Richard Dansereau as the new Department Commander, American Legion, State of Wyoming.

After his retirement from the United States Marine Corps. Dansereau would remain in the Food Service Industry. He became the Food Service Manager for Sweetwater County Jail in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

"I loved the Marines, and what my career was," said Dansereau. "I still am in the kitchen, even at home, however, my wife Susan helps out a lot while I am finishing my bachelors degree in homeland security."

The Dansereaus have three children, William, Devlin and Tyana, and five grandchildren. His son, William followed in his dad's footsteps and enlisted in the Marines. He served two tours in the middle east.

"The military is a good life, and I think it is good for everyone to serve. It gives them an appreciation for our country and what we have!" Dansereau stated with true conviction.

Thank you for your service.

 

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