Darryl “Bert” Bertrand, 75, of 7376W Riverview Dr., Manistique, Mich., passed away on Thursday, April 26, 2012, en route to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital in Manistique. Darryl courageously fought a five year battle with cancer and COPD.
He was born Aug. 8, 1936, in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., the son of Raoul and Margaret (Hoholik) Bertrand and attended Manistique area schools. He was a graduate of Manistique High School with the Class of 1954.
On July 24, 1954, he married the former Geraldine M. Weigandt of Cooks, Mich., in Manistique. They raised their family and made their home in Manistique.
Darryl was employed with the American Steamship Company for 43 years. He retired as Chief Engineer (a position he held for over 20 years) on Sept. 19, 1999.
Bert enjoyed years of travel with his wife, Jeri, in their motor home, visiting family and friends. He loved playing cards, especially cribbage, casino trips and weekly trips to Escanaba with Jim and Jeanne Zellner. He also enjoyed working in the yard, but most of all, he especially loved visiting his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Darryl was an avid Detroit Lion and Detroit Tiger fan.
Darryl is survived by his wife, Geraldine M. Bertrand of Manistique; his daughter, Mary (Bill) Rienow of Maribel, Wis.; sons, Darryl “Jim” (Vicki) Bertrand of Panama City, Fla., and David Bertrand of Dunwoody, Ga.; grandchildren, Craig (Amber) Reid, Alexis (Jeff) Jones, Derek Bertrand, Dalton Bertrand, Quinton Bertrand, Catherine Grace Bertrand, David Bertrand and Joey Bertrand; step-grandchildren, Aimee (Ken) Kapla and Heath (Lisa) Rienow; great-grandchildren, Logan, Elliot and Alec Reid, Seth and Corinn Jones; step great-grandchildren, Mitchel and McKenna Kapla and Jack and Cabel Rienow; brother, Terry (Sharon) Bertrand of Mesa, Ariz.; sister, Janelle (Robert) Mickelson of Cheboygan, Mich.; sister-in-laws, Jeanette (Roy) Landis of Cooks, Joanne (Leonard) Lund of Swartz Creek, Mich., and Jeanne Zellner of Manistique; along with several nieces and nephews.
Darryl was preceded in death by his son, Douglas L. Bertrand; his parents, Raoul and Margaret Bertrand; his in-laws, Alec and Mary Weigandt; sister-in-law, Joyce Weigandt-Cousins; brother-in-law, James Zellner; and his nephew, Allan Landis.
A graveside service was held at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 1, at Fairview Cemetery in Manistique. Celebrant Carole Cooper officiated.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the doctors and nurses at Marquette General Hospital, Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, Northwoods (Joyce, Tooter, Katie and Amy), and Community Home Medical, that took such great care of Darryl over the last five years. Also, a special thank you to Jeanne Zellner, Patti White and Wendy Beckman for all of their assistance.
Messier-Broullire Funeral Home of Manistique is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.mbfuneral.com.