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– Orman E. LaVoie, age 92, died early Saturday morning 4/15/17, at Village Health Care Center. Orman is a veteran of World War II. He joined the Army Airforce in June ’44. While stationed in Burma India, he logged 1,000 hours as a flight officer in the ferry command that flew supplies over the Burma Hump (hazardous air route across the Himalaya Mountains). Upon returning from the military, he joined Johnson Flying Service, a contractor for the Forrest Service. In 1951, he joined Western Airlines, and retired from Delta as a captain on a Boeing 707 in 1976. In twenty-five years of service for the airlines, he experienced two bomb threats on board, a lightning bolt through the fuselage, and after sliding down an icy runway, bringing an aircraft to a stop at the edge of a cliff.
Orman was an avid skier well into his 70’s and in his spare time, enjoyed building and remodeling homes, building a golf course and building a propane fueled Skybolt.
He is pre-deceased by his grandson, Michael and son, Mark. He is survived by 1 sister, 4 children, 4 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.
Services are planned for June at the Western Montana State Veteran Cemetery. Cremation is under the care of Sunset Memorial Funeral Home. Condolences and memories may be left for the family at www.sunsetfuneralhomecemetery.com
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