Terrence “Terry” Aubuchon was always happy with a smile on his face.
“He always found a way to make people happy,” his wife, Jean Aubuchon, said. “I was very lucky to have him in my life.”
Married 39 years, the couple met on a blind date at Thanksgiving and were married in January. They enjoyed traveling to Spain annually and also to England and Aruba.
Aubuchon, 66, of Crown Point, loved working on their son’s blueberry farm in summer. He enjoyed being around the people and his grandchildren.
Aubuchon enjoyed vegetable gardening at home, on his son’s farm and at the couple’s New Buffalo home.
One who could “never sit around,” her husband was in golf and bowling leagues, Jean Aubuchon said.
“If you asked him for anything, you could always count on him,” she said.
A Vietnam veteran, he received two Bronze Stars. He served as the past VFW state commander from 1994 to 1995. A member of Merrillville VFW Post 1563 and Merrillville American Legion Post 430, Aubuchon received The Sagamore of the Wabash Award.
Aubuchon was proud of his military service and had very strong feelings for his county, his wife said.
He retired from US Steel with 45 years’ service. He was an expediter in the electric shop.
Aubuchon also helped at the Indiana Ballet Theater, where his 14-year-old granddaughter Audrey acted in a number of productions.
“He loved it because he really loved children and the kids loved him,” she said. “The kids called him ‘Paca.’ The grandkids started that.”
Jean Aubuchon said a remodeled window at the Indiana Ballet Center will honor her husband’s memory.
She said the couple enjoyed their life together.
“He was my best friend; we did so many wonderful things,” she said.