The Heavens have opened up and welcomed home a United States Marine. After one last battle, Raoul Gagnon, MGySgt USMC Retired, 94, has gone to be with Our Father in heaven, passing on ...August 13. Born March 7, 1925 to the late Charles & Josephine Gagnon Chaves in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Jane, and his son, Stephen.
He served for 32 years in the United States Marine Corps from 1942-1974 reaching the highest enlisted rank of E-9, Master Gunnery Sergeant. His service included World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. Those who served in these wars were known as “Hard Core Warriors. His duty stations included Camp Lejeune, Port of Prince, Haiti, Okinawa, Japan, and several bases in California. He served as a Marine Corps Drill Instructor at Parris Island (1956-1958). He ended his military career by retiring in Jacksonville, NC. Known as "Top", he was a devoted mentor and leader to many Marines throughout his years of service. After retiring from military service, he was a distributor of the Washington Post for 10 years.
He met the love of his life, Jane, while they both were serving in the USMC at Camp Lejeune. They married in 1952 and were blessed with 65 wonderful years. He is survived by his children that he loved very much, Bob Gagnon (Joyce) of Raleigh, NC; Billy Gagnon (Darlene) of Jacksonville, NC; Betty Spears of Jacksonville, NC; Bonnie Wiggins of Waynesville, GA; Charlotte Gagnon of Jacksonville, NC. He has 9 grandchildren - Remy & Max Gagnon, Mike & Ryan Spears, Christopher & Justin Gagnon, Jennifer Wiggins and Stephen & Joan Wendt. He was also blessed with 7 great grandchildren. He is also survived by nephews David Rogers, Jeremy Barber and one niece, Jocelyn.
Well done, good and faithful servant. Thou hast been faithful. Semper Fi, Master Gunnery Sergeant Gagnon.
The family will receive friends at 6-8PM Thursday, Jones Funeral Home Jacksonville.
Graveside Services will be 2:00PM Friday at Coastal Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Jacksonville.