James R. Laplante, 1951 – 2017

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of James “Jim” Raymond Laplante of Springfield, Vt., one year ago this month. He passed Aug. 10, 2017 while living in Port Richey, Fla.

James was born in Springfield, Vt., to Virginia Wescott Laplante and Raymond Laplante March 27, 1951. He graduated from Springfield High School and Community College of the Air Force with an associate’s degree. James retired as a Master Sergeant from a 22-year career in the U.S. Air Force. For a short time he owned and managed a small computer store in the Springfield Plaza. He enjoyed listening to music, singing, fishing, and riding his Harley.

He is preceded by his father Raymond Laplante and second wife Darlene Melanson Laplante. He is survived by mother Virginia Laplante Champney, wife Yvonne “Bonnie” Wedge Laplante, sister Jean Reynolds Greer, brother John Laplante, sons James and Jason, stepdaughters Mary, Jacqueline, Glenda, and Marjorie, stepson Taylor Melanson, grandson Austin, and numerous other relatives. Graveside services were held Aug. 17, 2018 at 1 p.m. in Oakland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Springfield VFW.

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