SKOWHEGAN – Col. Albert E. Dionne (ret.), 82, died on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003, at his home in Skowhegan, after an extended illness. He is survived by his wife of nearly 58 years, Angela (Franck); sons, James K. of Winthrop and his wife, Joyce, Martin F. of Sinclair and his wife, Nancy, and Peter C. of Farmingdale, his wife, Sue, and their children, Caitlin, Annemarie and Chelsey Anne; grandson, Andrew J., MD, (son of Alan Dionne and Kristine Longstaff) of Belgrade, his wife, Mary, and their children, Emily Rose and Andrew Martin Albert; granddaughter, Laurie M. (daughter of James Dionne and Sandy Conrad) of Manhattan; and step-grandsons, Ryan and Randy Tondreau (sons of Joyce Dionne); brothers, Valmond and his wife, Jeannette, of Skowhegan, and LTC Patrick (ret.) and his wife, Joan, of Severna Park, Md.; sisters, Claire M. Tracy and Pauline Kimball, both of Skowhegan; sister-in-law, Mrs. Florence Franck; a very special niece, Pauline Frechette; and many other nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Paul and Leo; two sisters, Alice M. DeMonte and Theresa Paradis; two sons, Michael G. and Alan D.; and one great-grandchild, Vanessa Lynn (daughter of Andrew and Mary). Albert was born to George F and Delia (Cyr) Dionne on Sept. 24, 1921, in East Madison. Albert had a terrific boyhood growing up on the farm, attending public school in Madison and graduating from Madison Memorial High School, Class of 1939. He was a four-year varsity football player and member of the 1938 Kennebec Valley Championship team. Albert loved sports, and played golf with his wife Angie at Lakewood in Madison, where they were members. Albert and Angela spent 14 years living in Augusta, nineteen winters in Florida after retirement, and have called Skowhegan home for 22 years. Col. Dionne began his distinguished military career in August of 1942, when he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. His wartime service was in the Pacific Theater of Operations. A combat veteran of amphibious landings, he met the enemy on the islands of Roi and Namur of the Marshalls, Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. He held every enlisted grade from Private to 1st Sergeant. While serving as Gunnery Sergeant during the Saipan Operation, he was awarded a battlefield commission to the rank of Second Lieutenant. All of his combat duty was with the 4th Marine Division fleet Marine Forces. Albert and Angela were married Nov. 19, 1945, in Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church in Skowhegan. He separated from the Marine Corps in November 1947 and accepted Command of Co. L. 103rd Infantry, Maine Army National Guard, which was re-activated following World War II. He held command for 10 years and was then promoted to Battalion Staff. He served as Skowhegan Chief of Police from 1950-1960. His police department became more modernized, giving emphasis to crime prevention, school safety patrols, communication, traffic, education and training. The downtown traffic control pattern, still in effect today, was proposed by Albert. In 1955, he was awarded Outstanding Young Man of the Year by the Junior Chamber of Commerce. He resigned as Police Chief in 1960, to accept a full-time position as staff assistant with the Maine Army National Guard. In 1964, he became OCS Commandant to the Military Academy of HQ Maine Army National Guard at Camp Keyes in Augusta, and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. In 1975, he became director of plans, operations, training and readiness, and promoted to the rank of Colonel, general staff. He filled this position until his retirement in 1981, at which time he was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General. He had served as a combat Marine, Infantry, Armor and General Staff Officer for more than 39 years of active and active reserve duty. Col. Dionne was awarded the Bronze Star medal with Combat V, the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, two Presidential Unit Citations, Navy-Marine Corps Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal with four Battle stars and various other service medals and awards. He completed several service schools throughout his career, including the Infantry officer advance course, Fort Benning, Ga., the Armor Officer Advance Course, Fort Knox, Ky., and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan. After retirement, Col. Dionne helped the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars organizations with Memorial Day programs and parades. He was a Life member of both the 4th Marine Division Association (national and state chapters) and the Knights of Columbus. He also belonged to the Fraternal Order of Elks Lodge No. 2531, the American Legion Post No. 6, and was a 50-year member of the V.F.W. Post No. 3198. He will be greatly missed by his family, as well as his many friends in Skowhegan. Visiting hours will be held 4-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, Madison Avenue, Skowhegan. His funeral will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at Notre Dame de Lourdes in Skowhegan, with a reception to be held directly after. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made to the St. Anthony soup kitchen at Notre Dame de Lourdes Catholic Church, P.O. Box 369, Skowhegan, ME 04976 or the HealthReach, Homecare and Hospice, 165 North Ave., Skowhegan, ME 04976.