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Robert Gadbois, Jr.
Robert Gadbois, jr., 93, passed away peacefully at Nu Roc nursing home on Thursday, March 14.
Born in Menominee to the late Robert Albert Gadbois, sr. and Ester (Johnson) Gadbois, he graduated from Menominee High School. After high school he worked on an ore freighter on the Great Lakes.
In 1942 he entered the United States Coast Guard and served on an amphibious landing craft in the invasions of Sicily, Salerno Bay, Normandy and Southern France. In 1946 he was discharged and returned home to marry his longtime sweetheart the late Delphine Cloutier. Together they started an ice business cutting ice from the Bay and selling it to people in Michigan and Wisconsin.
When refrigerators with freezers became popular they moved to Milwaukee to find work. They built a home in Oak Creek where they raised three children and lived for 57 years. He worked for the A & P grocery store, Ladish Company and for 27 years worked for Saiia Painting and Staining Company as a wood and cabinet finisher, where he retired from in 1983.
The couple loved to go to Armstrong Creek where they built a cottage on Lake Hilbert. He enjoyed fishing, family visits at the lake and golfing. In their later years they both became residents of Hoffmann's Paradise in Armstrong Creek. On Dec. 12, 2008, after 62 years of marriage, she preceded him in death. All his life he had been an avid golfer and always talked about going golfing again. On his 90th birthday at Hoffmann's Paradise, Ron and Karen Hoffmann surprised him by bringing golf clubs and the residents watched him hit golf balls into the woods. He told everyone he met how he went golfing on his 90th birthday.
Surviving are three children, John Gadbois of Milwaukee, Susan (Bob) Kuehn of Armstrong Creek and James (Susan) Gadbois of Kewaskum; a sister, Barbara (Jim) Brunsman of Arizona; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Delphine, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Gressel and Betty Moline.
Services will be held at St. Joseph's Church in Walsh on Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m. with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery, Oak Creek. Weber Hill Funeral Home in Crandon is assisting the family with arrangements.