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THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
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George J. Barrette

Issue Date: April 19, 2018

George Joseph Barrette, 87, of Peshtigo, passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2018 surrounded by family at Rennes Health Care Center-East in Peshtigo.

Born Jan. 10, 1931 in Marinette, to the late Harold and Lorena Barrette, at age 16, he served in the National Guard and worked at the Glove Factory. By age 17, he drove truck for Clairmont Transport where his father was dispatcher.

At age 18, he entered the United States Marine Corps and served on the front lines during the Korean War in Anti-Tank Company, 5th Marines and also in recoilless rifle company.

He returned home and rejoined the Marines a second time and served on a Naval Base in Dahlgren, Va. After an honorable discharge, he returned to Marinette and married Alice McVane. He sailed the Great Lakes working on an ore carrier.

He purchased the Edgewater Tavern in Menekaunee, worked at Kargaard and then became a professional long distance truck driver, working for many large companies. He worked for Schneider Transport for many years where he was president of the safety board. He also drove truck for Kaufman Distributing, hauling Budweiser Beer, retiring from there in May of 1998.

After retirement, he returned to work driving truck for Nelson Freight in Peshtigo for a few more years. His lifetime accomplishment was driving over 7 million miles accident free.

He also owned Mark's Place Tavern on Pierce Avenue and later relocated to Marinette Avenue. It was there where he met his present wife, Cindy Johnson of Daggett, Mi. and they married May 1, 1988.

They enjoyed traveling the United States in all modes of travel, including dog sledding.

He enjoyed walking the mall every morning followed by a coffee session with his friends and loved reading, sometimes having three books going at a time. He rode his bicycle around town daily and loved watching action/drama movies, but most of all, loved the Green Bay Packers.

Proud of selling beer in the first Packers Stadium, he was put at the top of the list for Packer season tickets by Vince Lombardi himself.

A member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, he was a lifetime member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars and the Disabled Veterans of America organization.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy "CJ" sons, Mark (Julie) and Tobin; nine grandchildren and their families; a daughter, Linda; three special daughters, the Bohling girls, Lori (Dave) Lundy, Krista (Clark) Cearfoss and Misty (Andy) Jensen and their families; many other grandchildren and great-grandchildren and a best friend of over 65 years, Donald Cairns.

Family will receive friends at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Carney Boulevard in Marinette on Friday, April 20 from 11 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 2 p.m. Fr. Celestine Byekwaso will officiate, followed by Military Rites conducted by the Military 20 Year Club. Anderson Diehm Funeral Home of Stephenson, Mi. is assisting the family with arrangements.


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