APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. — Laurence Joseph Bouche, 93, of Apache Junction, Ariz., died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at his daughter’s home.

A memorial of pictures and personal messages will be displayed at the Apache Junction Multi-Generational Center in Apache Junction on Friday, Oct. 9, from 10 a.m. until noon. A coffee hour will be observed, after church service, from noon to 1 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Community Church of New Thought, 5013 E. Broadway Road in Mesa, Ariz.

Born in Pound, Wis., on June 2, 1916, to Alice and Laurence Bouche, he was an adventurer and lover of life, his family said. He rode the rails from northern Wisconsin to North Dakota at the age of 12 years old to visit his mother, brother and half siblings. He learned carpentry skills during two stints in the CCC Camps and then later enlisted and became General Patton’s personal cook during World War II. After his honorable discharge from the war, he built four houses in Georgia with his own two hands; two for his in-laws and two for his own family to live in and rent. He also owned his own business as a carpet layer.

“Larry was a carpenter, magician, ventriloquist, inventor, back scratcher, dancer and life of the party,” his family also said.

He retired to Arizona in 1991, where “he continued to dance and scratch backs” and where he lived for the rest of his life.

He is preceded in death by two brothers, Ray Patton and Al Bouche; and three wives, Beulah Hay Bouche, Harriet Meyer Bouche and Lou Ellen Knowles Bouche.

He is survived by his son, Larry; his daughter, Alice; and three sisters, Mary Kettleson, Rose Ellen McCourt and Patricia Orman.

Please sign the online guest book at www.moultrieobserver.com.

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