Don Limoges was born on October 9, 1941 in Ogdensburg, N.Y. He enlisted in the Army on December 30, 1959 and entered bootcamp at Fort Hood, Texas and was then assigned to Fort Eustis, Virginia. In 1964 he met his wife, Christine Hagan, while on leave in Greenville, S.C. He would hitchhike most weekends to see Christine from Virginia, and they were married on August 15, 1964. In 1965 they were stationed at McKee Barracks in Stuttgart, Germany, where their daughter, Carol, was born. After serving there for over a year they were sent to Fort Meade, Maryland, where their son, Rick was born. Six weeks later Don was sent to Vietnam and landed there on Christmas Day 1966. There he drove a truck in the Armored Division. Thankfully, he returned home safely in November of 1967. While he was on his way home from Vietnam his younger brother, Fran, was being shipped to Vietnam to serve in the Navy. Don earned several awards as a sharpshooter while he was in the Army and his rank was Specialist 5. He had another brother, Greg, who later served in the Marines. After his return, he was honorably discharged and he and Christine settled in Greenville and had another daughter, Lisa, in 1969.
In 1979 Don and Christine made their final move with their family to Fountain Inn. Don worked at F.W. Woolworth as a truck driver for 18 years before he moved to W.W. Grainger in Fountain Inn where he worked for 15 years before he retired in 2005. He also owned a frame shop in Fountain Inn and his daughter, Carol, owned Tokens Florist and his daughter, Lisa, owned Paisley’s, all on Main Street. His son, Rick, followed in his footsteps and served in the Army at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland for four years.
Don also loved woodworking and spent most of his free time in his garage building. He was a proud veteran and you could usually find him wearing a Vietnam Vet cap.
Don and Christine celebrated 56 years of marriage before he succumbed to Covid on December 10, 2020. He was so proud of his wife, three children and their spouses, his six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was always ready to serve anyone who needed his help, especially the much-loved people of Fountain Inn.
Don with his mother, Margaret Limoges.
Don and Christine while dating.
Don served as a truck driver in Vietnam.
Don and Christine on their wedding day.
Don, Christine and Carol in Germany.
Don, Christine, Carol and Rick's last family photo before Don was sent to Vietnam.
The day Don returned from Vietnam
Family photo with Lisa, Rick, Christine, Carol and Don.
Don and Christine renewed their wedding vows on their 45th wedding anniversary
Don and Christine's 50th wedding anniversary
Don enjoyed woodworking in his garage and keeping a pristine yard.
Last family photo taken at Don's granddaughter's wedding in June of 2020
Rick, Lisa, Carol and Christine standing in front of Don's veteran's banner