Roland Earl “Bud” LeJeune, Jr. died July 1, 2020 in Colorado Springs Colorado. He was born September 10, 1931, in New Iberia, Louisiana to Beatrice Olive and Roland Earl LeJeune Sr. Sadly, his mother died due to complications during childbirth when Roland was 8 days old. While loved by his father, his relationship with his step-mother was difficult and at a young age he ran away from home walking the 115 mile journey around what is now the Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge to live with his mother’s family in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he was raised by his Aunt.
When he was old enough, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served for 20 years until he retired. During his time in the Navy, he married Josefina “Josie” Barela of La Florida, Colorado on April 12, 1958 at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colorado.
As a result of his service, “Bud” and “Josie” traveled around the world, but lived closer
home in San Diego, San Francisco, and Bermerton, California, as well as Antonito, Colorado, before moving to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where Josefina survives him in the family home after 62 years of marriage.
Roland was an avid reader of world history, and enjoyed recounting fantastic tales of his service aboard the USS Ranger. Roland was known by many as “Tio Bud” and he was loved by his many nieces and nephews.
Cremation was chosen and his memorial ceremony included full military honors.