Hank LaPointe was born in Burlington, Vermont on July 18, 1941 and passed on April 2, 2016.
Hank's father served in the US Army which had the family living in various locations around the world. Hank followed in his dad's footsteps and served in the Army as well, which included two tours in Vietnam. He earned a Master's degree in Education and taught school in El Paso for a year before deciding to pursue a career as an insurance claims investigator.
As an Army officer, Hank earned the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medals, and a number of other awards for outstanding service. He was the Chief Enforcement Officer over the largest POW camp in Vietnam.
Hank had a love for racing and graced speedways around the nation with his Shelby GT350. He won many racing trophies and was always proud of his car. Other interests were WWII aircraft and touring air museums.
Hank married Nancy in Las Cruces in 1993. After retirement, the couple relocated to Ruidoso, NM. He is survived by his wife, Nancy, Stepdaughter Carla Giese, Granddaughter Samantha Giese, a sister, Sharyn Hill (husband Bill) of Las Cruces, a brother Michael (wife Tawnya) LaPointe of Corpus Christi, TX, 10 nieces and nephews and many other loving family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry J. and Geraldine LaPointe.
There will be a memorial service to celebrate Hank's life on Friday morning at 10:30 at Angus Church of the Nazarene on Highway 48 in Alto. Burial will precede the service, and will be held at Ft. Bliss Nat'l Cemetery, El Paso, on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
The family would like to express appreciation to the staff of Encompass Home Health & Hospice for the excellent care and attention Hank was given.
The family has requested memorials to the HOPE is Alive Ministries, PO Box 14, Mauk, GA 31058