Donald J. Goulet, Colonel, United States Army retired, 81, of Southern Pines passed away on August 15, 2019 at First Health Hospice House.
Don is survived be his wife Kay Ryneska Goulet, one son, Gregory Donald Goulet, and his brother John E Goulet. Don was preceded in death by his oldest son, Laurence Alan Goulet who died on September 29, 2018.
Don was born on May 7 1938, the eldest child of Marie Fournier Goulet and Paul Emile
Goulet. He graduated from Saint Ann’s grammar School, a Roman Catholic French Canadian School; Hartford Public HighSchool, the second oldest school (1638) in the country; Syracuse University; and later from the Georgetown University.
Don was commissioned as a second lieutenant from the Syracuse University Army ROTC Program upon graduation. His first active duty station was Fort Bragg, NC where he met and married Kay, daughter of the late Colonel Joseph F.and Cathrine Ryneska, in the main post chapel. Don and Kay spent the next three years serving in Germany. Shortly after returning to the United States, he was assigned to the 82ed Airborne Division at Fort Bragg. He next served in Vietnam and later in the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea. He also served in the Army Personnel Command, and the Defense Communications Agency. He was a graduate of the Army Command & General Staff College and the Naval War College.
After retiring from the Army, Don pursued a 24-year business career at Computer Sciences Corporation, Electronics Data Systems Corporation,PRC Incorporated, and a small business in Greensboro.
Don and Kay moved to Pinehurst in 1995 where they became members of The Village Chapel.
Don was an active, dedicated member of The Chapel. He was an usher, a member of the board of trustees, a member of the Radio Ministry, assisted Kay in teaching Sunday School children in grades 3 to 5, and later as a member of the Alter Guild. He was also a past president of the Braxton Bragg chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, past president of the Pinehurst Kiwanis Club, and was a member of the fundraising committee for the Boys and Girls Home of NC. He also served two terms as Chairman of the Board of The Academy of Moore County Charter School.
A Memorial Service will be held at The Village Chapel on Saturday, August 24 at 11:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity or First Health Hospice House.