THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Francis J. DuCharme
Issue Date: November 21, 2013
Francis J. "Fran" DuCharme, 94, of Kimberly passed away Monday, Nov. 18, after a brief illness.
Born in Kalamazoo, Mi. on July 27, 1919, son of Wallace DuCharme and Adeline Laverdiere, the family moved to Menominee when he was 8 years old. He graduated from Menominee High School in 1937 and was active on the school golf team and won a letter for golf. He remained an avid golfer and won numerous tournaments. He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps and worked on reforestation projects in the U.P., then joined the United States Army in March of 1941 and saw active duty in Sicily, Italy and France. He was in the battle of Anzio and awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received and was also awarded a special commendation for bravery under fire. He married Laura Vachon of Worcester, Mass. at St. Anthony Church on Aug. 29, 1942, and they were married for 71 years. After the war they settled in Menominee where he was employed at Marathon Corp. until he was transferred to Neenah in 1967.
He is survived by his wife, Laura DuCharme; a daughter, Michelle (Richard) Meverden, of Ocala, Fla.; three sons, Wayne (Sally) DuCharme, of Waupaca, David (Barbara) DuCharme, of Menasha and Glenn (Karen) DuCharme, of Berlin; four grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; a step-granddaughter; many nieces, nephews and special friend, Dr. Helen Scieszka, of Chilton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Elmer and Leonard DuCharme; two sisters, Maybelle Desotell and Betty Dufrisne and a great-granddaughter, Kayla Wittman.
Visitation will be held at St. Paul Catholic Church, 410 E. Wallace Street, Combined Locks from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass of Resurrection at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23. Fr. Andrew Kysely will officiate with entombment at Highland Memorial Park. Wichmann Fargo Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.