Sergeant Major Louis Edward Lescault, affectionately known as Lou, passed away peacefully on August 14, 2023, at the age of 78 in Newport News, Virginia. Born on July 6, 1945, in Rhode Island, Lou lived a life full of dedication and service to his country.
Lou served as a Sergeant Major in the United States Army for over 30 years, leaving an indelible mark on those he worked alongside. His commitment to duty and unwavering loyalty earned him the respect and admiration of his fellow servicemen and women. Lou’s passion for the military was evident in his daily interactions, always taking the time to greet others with a warm smile and a heartfelt “hi.”
Beyond his military career, Lou found joy in various pursuits. He had a green thumb and spent countless hours tending to his beloved garden and working diligently in the yard. Lou’s love for hard work extended beyond his personal endeavors, as he also dedicated his time as a part-time worker at Home Depot.
Lou was a lifetime member of the Vietnam Veteran Association and the American Legion, organizations that held a special place in his heart. He proudly served in Vietnam, where he received four bronze stars, and also participated in Desert Storm. Lou’s dedication to his duties was recognized through numerous accolades, including the Vietnam Campaign Medal, service off the coast of Thailand, two Meritorious Service Medals, and nine Good Conduct Medals, among many others.
Lou was preceded in death by his parents, Louis Oscar and Theresa Chabot Lescault. He leaves behind a loving family and cherished friends who will forever hold his memory close. His wife of 50 years, Beverly Stepp Lescault, stood by his side through thick and thin. Lou’s son, Mark Lescault, and five grandchildren will carry on his legacy with pride. Additionally, he is survived by several sisters and brothers, as well as his dear family friend, Jimmy Taylor.
A memorial service to honor and celebrate Lou’s life will be held on Friday, August 25, 2023, at 2pm at Altmeyer Funeral Home – Denbigh Chapel located at 12893 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, VA 23608. The service will be officiated by Chaplain Randall Dixon, who will guide us in paying our respects to this remarkable man.
Sergeant Major Louis Edward Lescault will forever be remembered for his unwavering commitment to his country, his love for hard work, and his genuine kindness towards others. May his soul find eternal peace, and may his memory continue to inspire us all.