THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
James Speed Beaudoin, 85, of Stephenson, Mi., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Rennes Health Center-East.
Born on Jan. 4, 1928 in Stephenson to the late Frank R. and Nancy (Meggers) Beaudoin, he graduated from Stephenson High School in 1945. On Feb. 20, 1946, he enlisted in the United States Army and was honorably discharged on July 22, 1947. He married the the former Helen Perica in Stephenson on July 21, 1951 and was self employed in the plumbing and heating business. He worked for the City of Stephenson as the Superintendent of Public Works for 25 years, retiring in 1996. The couple also owned and operated the Stephenson Hotel for 38 years until 1998.
He enjoyed woodworking, but his favorite pastime was keeping the hotel in perfect condition. A member of Precious Blood Catholic Church, Mid County VFW Post 5966, American Legion Post 43, he served as Sergeant of the Drill Team and was a charter member and chief of the Stephenson Volunteer Fire Department.
Survivors include his wife, Helen, of Stephenson; three daughters, Judy (Steve) Masura, of Kimberly, Joan (Steve) Schlenvogt, of Stephenson and Jane Bottrell, of Little Suamico; six grandchildren; a great-granddaughter and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Marie Beaudoin Haulotte and a brother-in-law, Dan Haulotte.
Family and friends called at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home on Friday, Dec. 6 after 4 p.m. until time of Military Rites at 6 p.m. followed by a Parish Prayer Service. Visitation continued on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Precious Blood Catholic Church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Father Ronald Timock officiated with entombment in Stephenson Township Mausoleum.