2013-01-24 / Obituaries

Jules E. Rivard


Jules E. Rivard Jules E. Rivard Jules E. Rivard, 89, of Manistique, Mich., died Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at Marquette General Hospital in Marquette, Mich.

He was born Sept. 22, 1919, in Springfield, Mass., the son of Etienne and Louisa (St. Jules) Rivard.

In 1934, he served in the C.C.C.’s for nine months and later worked with the WPA for thre years.

In December of 1941, he joined the U.S. Army and saw duty in the Pacific Theatre (Philippines). He was honorably discharged after four years and 24 days.

In 1942 he asked a friend if he had any sisters and the friend said “sure”…so he started writing to his friend’s sister. She went to visit him in Little Falls, Minn. and upon her second visit, he asked her to marry him. Jules transferred to Texas and on Nov. 20, 1943, he and the former Leona Ann Duchene were married at Sacred Heart Church in Abilene, Texas. They lived in Garden, Mich., following his military duty.

Jules started working at the paper mill in Manistique on Aug. 26, 1946 and worked there until his retirement on Oct. 1, 1981.

He was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Manistique, a life-member of the Manistique Knights of Columbus Council No. 2026, Donald E. Messier Fourth Degree Assembly No. 504, Schoolcraft County V.F.W. Post No. 4420, Manistique American Legion Post No. 83, and Manistique Moose Lodge No. 1972. His favorite passion was playing euchre at the Moose Lodge, and handing out poppies for the V.F.W. and American Legion, and Tootsie Rolls for the Knights of Columbus.

He was an avid sports fan. He loved the New York Yankees, Chicago Bears and Notre Dame football team. He also was a great supporter of high school athletics.

In 1988, Jules fulfilled a life dream of receiving his high school diploma. He graduated with his grandson, Jim DuFour (high school), his grandson, Jake Rivard (kindergarten) and his granddaughter, Jodie Rivard (pre-school).

Jules is survived by his children, Julie A. Burrell of Garden, Ginger (Ralph) Reynolds of Shell Lake, Wis. and Sally (Dale) DuFour of Manistique; 11 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brother, Robert Rivard of California; sister-in-laws, May Duchene of Garden and Phyllis Duschene of Oconto, Wis.; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Joseph Rivard; granddaughter, Jodie Rivard; brothers, Etienne Desire “Steve” Rivard and Paul Magorique Rivard; and his sisters, Rita and Louisa.

Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Messier-Broullire Funeral Home in Manistique. A Veteran’s memorial service will be held at noon, followed by a K. of C. Rosary at 12:30 pm.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at St. Francis de Sales Church in Manistique with Father Glenn Theoret officiating. A luncheon will follow at the V.F.W. Hall in Manistique.

Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery at Manistique.

Memorial donations may be directed to the Manistique Senior Center or St. Francis de Sales School Education Foundation.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.mbfuneral.com.

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