Kevin was born and raised in Raymond, ME. We met each other while attending the University of Maine in Orono. After college he went to flight school at Fort Rucker, AL. We got married in 2006 while he was at flight school. After he graduated we bought a house in Attleboro, MA (my home town). He then was deployed to Iraq in March 2008 with the Maine National Guard C Co. 1/126th AVN – Bangor, ME. After he returned home he changed units to the Connecticut National Guard 1109th TASMG – Groton, CT. He was then deployed with them in July 2012 to Afghanistan. Kevin struggled with PTSD since his first deployment. He took his own life in September 2015. Our marriage endured two difficult deployments but what was even harder to endure was watching Kevin struggle with the invisible wounds that he came home with. Kevin was the most amazing person I have ever had the privilege of knowing. I never want to be sad of what could have been but I want to cherish what we did have. We were blessed with two daughters; Brianna who is 5 and Amelia who is 1 ½. They are the joy of my life, they keep me grounded and focused. Maine has always been a special place for our family. I was born and raised in Massachusetts but I love Maine. I feel everything happens for a reason and if it wasn’t for the University of Maine I would have never met Kevin and I would have never had my two beautiful daughters. As difficult as this time in my life is right now I know without a doubt I was meant to be with Kevin. Even though our time was cut short I am a better person for loving him. I want our children to know just how amazing their father was and how much he loved our country.
As most of you know I met Kevin in college. One look at Kevin’s smile and I knew my life would never be the same. Our first date was dinner and a movie. When he took me home from our date, I remember saying to my roommate “he’s a keeper.” When Kevin and I were together it was almost like no one else existed around us. The time came in our relationship when Kevin proposed and it was time to decide if I could be an ARMY wife. I knew it wouldn’t be easy but, I also knew I would rather be with Kevin when I could; than not be with him at all. We planned our wedding when Kevin was away at flight school. I was able to get a glimpse into what this life would be like when the Army informed Kevin that he might not be able to make it home for our wedding. By the grace of God it all worked out and I was able to marry this wonderful man. In what felt to be a blink of an eye the time had come for Kevin to embark upon his first deployment. This was to be the first of two deployments. Kevin and I would often remind ourselves; love doesn’t mean being inseparable, it means there are times life’s challenges will separate us, but our love would always be unchanging.
When we decided to have children we were both terrified but we knew that this would be one more journey we would experience together. God blessed us with our daughter Brianna on November 12th 2010. He then blessed us with our second daughter Amelia on July 22nd 2014. Kevin loved our little girls so much as they meant the world to him. He would do “projects” with Brianna all the time. Still to this day, I didn’t always know what they were doing but I do know that there was always lots of laughter. They were two peas in a pod. When it came to Amelia, there was a soft spot in Kevin’s heart. Amelia would wait with anticipation for his arrival home every day. As soon as he would return home from work she would scream with glee and say “Hi”. Kevin’s heart would melt and he would smile and pick her up with tears in his eyes kiss her and tell her he loved her.
Kevin was the most wonderful man I have ever known. He had one of the biggest hearts with the most genuine smile. Those of you who know and love him, know what I am talking about. I feel honored that he was not only my husband and the father of my children but my best friend. Anyone who knew Kevin knew he was a hugger. I can hear him now with his arms wide open saying “bring it in, come on bring it”. He just had a way about him that brought balanced to my life when I needed it the most. I am going to miss Kevin every single day for the rest of my life. But I feel privileged that we got to spend the last 11 ½ years together experiencing all that life had to offer us. I will always remember Kevin for his witty sense of humor, his adorable smile, his amazing cooking, and unconditional love for me, our children, family and friends. His horrible taste in music, his passion for flying and his enormous heart. Kevin was a man of integrity in everything that he did.
One of Kevin’s dear friends sent me this Bible verse and it has given me some comfort; I hope it will do the same for someone else.
Matthew 11:28 – 30 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Kevin my wonderful husband and love of my life. Find comfort in the arms of our loving Father until we meet again. Rest in peace, I will miss you all the days of my life. Your loving wife Amy.
Kevin Dean Ouellette, 34, of Farmers Lane, Attleboro, MA died unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. Kevin was the loving and beloved husband of Amy Beth (Gaouette) Ouellette, to whom he was married on September 23, 2006.
Born on June 29, 1981, he was a son of Paul and Georgette (Moreau) Ouellette.
A resident of Attleboro since 2007, he was a graduate of Westbrook (ME) High School, Class of 1999, and in 2004 received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical engineering from the University of Maine Orono.
Kevin proudly served our country as a Company Commander, Detachment Commander, and Captain in the U.S. Army, with a primary specialty in aviation. He also served as a member of the Army National Guard and as a MEDEVAC helicopter pilot with the U.S. Army and Army National Guard.
His distinguished military career was recognized by having been awarded the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War of Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Start, the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forced Reserve Medal with M Device (2nd Award), the NATO Medal, and the Basic Aviator Badge.
Until his untimely passing, Kevin worked as an Account Manager with MSC Software. He was a member of the Community Covenant Church in Rehoboth, MA, Kevin had a love for anything and everything that was radio-controlled, including boats, cars and helicopters. He was an avid bike rider and boater, and loved the water, particularly time spent on Crescent Lake in Raymond, ME. He held a pilot’s license and loved to fly small planes and helicopters. Kevin was an excellent chief. Treating his family to delicious gourmet meals. He also had a passion for techno. He was a DJ throughout college called SPK.
Kevin wore his heart on his sleeve. He always had a smile on his face and a laugh that was contagious. He cared deeply for his many good friends. His greatest love, and proudest achievement, was his family, his wife, and his two treasured daughters; Brianna and Amelia.
Over 4th of July weekend my children and I were able to visit my in-laws (Kevin’s Parents) at their house on Crescent Lake in Raymond, ME. In the lake there was a big rock that had cracked during the winter and a piece broke off. Kevin’s sister, Kellie found the piece that broke off and we all thought it was the perfect stone to honor Kevin with as a part of The Summit Project. Kevin loved being on the lake. Next to flying it was his happy place. He had a love for boats, jet skis, kayaks, surfing. Anything where he could spend time in the water was where he wanted to be. Kellie called the stone “the missing piece”. How true that is. Our lives will never be the same without Kevin. He is our missing piece.