LEWISTON – Rodolphe J. Dufault, 88, of Lewiston, died Thursday, April 20, at Ouellette’s Adult Foster Home with his family at his side.

He was born in Woburn, Quebec, on April 29, 1917, the son of Daniel and Elmire Beaule Dufault. He was educated in local schools and served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army 43rd Division 103rd Infantry, where he was a sergeant for four years and served as squad leader in Southwest Pacific for 33 months. He received the Purple Heart, the American Defense Service Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon.

Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a foreman at Gardiner Shoe for 22 years.

He was a member of Holy Family Parish, American Legion Post 22 and life member of the Disabled American Veterans Emilien Hamann Post, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by a daughter, Mona Morin and husband, Roland, of Lewiston; four granddaughters, Michelle Brown and husband, Wayne, of Auburn, Celeste Moody and husband, Ronald, of Poland, Catherine Bouchard and husband, Scott, of Lewiston, and Marie Boissonneault and husband, Keith, of North Waterboro; four great-grandchildren, Adam and Sarah Moody, Noah Bouchard and Jacob Boissonneault.

He was predeceased by a great-granddaughter, Lily Marie Boissonneault, on Aug. 29, 2002; and a great-grandson, Kyle Alan Boissonneault, on Aug. 22, 2003; a sister, Lydia Despres; and two brothers, Victor and Joseph Oliver Dufault.