|By Louise "Mickey" Head (Cidaa1) on Saturday, February 18, 2012 - 07:34 pm: Edit|
COL (Ret) Julien H LePage, U S Army, 91, died Monday, 13 February 2012, in his home at The Springs at Missoula, MT. Julien was born 17 February 1920, in Leavenworth, KS, to Harvey and Cozette LePage. He graduated from Leavenworth High School and attended the University of Kansas, where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega. He completed Army ROTC training and graduated in 1942 with a B S degree in business administration. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U S Army in 1942 and married his childhood friend Jane Barnes, also of Leavenworth.
As an infantry training officer, his duty stations were Fort McClellan, AL, Fort Benning, GA, and Camp Blanding, FL. From 1945-47 he served overseas as the stockade administration officer, Provost Marshal Office, Mediterranean Theater of Operations near Pisa, Italy. Jane was able to join him in Italy. On his return to the United States, he served with an ROTC unit in Indianapolis from 1948 to 1951. In 1952 he earned a master’s of business administration and personnel management at Ohio State University. The next assignment from 1952-53 was the Advanced Course at the Military Police School at Fort Gordon, GA. Then it was overseas again from 1953-54 as an MP traffic officer at HQ 8 Army in Korea followed by duty as Provost Marshal Regional Camp Otsu, Japan, from 1954-55, where he was joined by his wife and daughter. Once again back in the States, he was assigned to duty in Washington, D C, (1955-58) at the Office of the Provost Marshal General (OPMG) Personnel Division. Next he attended the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS, followed by an instructor tour at the Military Police School, 1959-60, at Fort Gordon, GA. In 1960 the LePage family went to Europe for a great assignment in Oberammergau, Germany, where he was director of the MP School. LTC LePage was then transferred to Frankfurt, Germany, in 1962 to be Battalion Commander of the 709th MP Battalion. His next assignment was the highlight of his Army career (1963-67) as provost marshal and safety director at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. He was promoted to Colonel on 24 August 1966. In 1967, he was sent to Vietnam, where he served “a year and a day” first as group commander of the 89th MP Group and then as PM II Field Force. His last East Coast assignment was at Fort Meade, Md., from 1968-1972 as provost marshal of 1 U S Army.
Then Jane and Julien finally realized their dream to live “west of the Mississippi” with his last assignment. He served as professor of Military Science at the University of Montana in Missoula from August 1972 until his retirement from the Army on 30 September 1976. He retired with 34 years of dedicated service during three wars. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal and Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Silver Star. He was an active member of the Rotary Club and the Western Montana Military Officers Association. He served as president of the local Red Cross and was treasurer of the Bonner Park Band Shell Fund. The couple enjoyed a retirement full of community activities, good friends and travel. Following a tragic automobile accident in October 1986 in which Jane died, he continued to lead a busy life enjoying many trips and worldwide cruises, making time to visit friends and family. His active support of the rebuilding of the Bonner Park Band Shell was motivated by his memory of Jane’s special love of music.
Julien H LePage is survived by his brother Jean LePage of Overland Park, KS; daughter Gay LePage Monaco and husband J Duncan Monaco, CDR USN (Ret), on assignment with the International Civil Aviation Organization in Montreal, Quebec; and three grandchildren, CPT Jason Monaco, U S Air Force (AFB Aviano, Italy), LT Sara Monaco, U S Coast Guard (Coast Guard Air Station, Clearwater, FL) and 2LT Wesley Monaco, U S Army, Military Police Corps (Fort Richardson, AK). The Monaco family extends heartfelt thanks to all the kind and dedicated people at The Springs who provided such outstanding care for Julien since June 2008. Additionally, we are very grateful for the special devotion and excellent care given by Hospice of Missoula these last few months and the additional support provided by Home Instead. COL LePage will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery with military honors at a later date when all his family can attend.