Funeral services for Joseph Richard Lanthier, age 87, of Tyler are scheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014, at Lloyd James Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Scott Wiley officiating under direction of Lloyd James Funeral Home.
Mr. Lanthier passed away on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in Tyler.
He was born on June 19, 1926, in Duluth, Minn., to the late Joseph and Nora Minkle Lanthier. As a sailor, soldier and civil servant, he distinguishingly served his country for 47 years. He joined the U.S. Coast Guard
at the age of 17 and fought in World War II's Pacific Theater attached to a U.S. Coast Guard transport ship and serving as a gunner on a Higgins boat in the Philippines, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Guam. He then joined the U.S. Army
, serving in Korea and was in military intelligence for most of his career and retired as a major. He went on to serve as an Army civilian for 27 more years, retiring as the director and right-hand man for Gen. Colin Powell for the Training and Evaluation Department for the U.S. Army.
Mr. Lanthier was a member of MENSA and was also a Master Freemason. He loved to write poetry and he played the saxophone, drums and spoons. His artistic interests included woodworking, ceramics and scrapbooking. Joseph was an excellent dancer, learning to dance at a very young age from his sisters, Shirley and Kay. His favorite dance was the jitterbug. Joseph had a beautiful voice and sang and acted in community theater.
He was preceded in death by his son, Joseph Steven Lanthier; and his sisters, Shirley Anderson and Kay Rigney.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Ringgold Lanthier, of Tyler; daughters, Tally McAferty, of Paraguay, and Nannette Dunfield, of Kansas; grandchildren, George Velten, of Dallas, Mike Pallesi and Sarah McAuley, both of Kansas; great-grandsons, Gabriel Velten and Samuel Whaley, of Frisco; stepson, Kerry Ringgold Kingery, of San Antonio; stepdaughter, Melissa Ann Kingery, of Austin; and stepgrandsons, Justin and Jacob Kingery, of Austin.
Burial will be Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Cabot, Ark.