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Patrick L. Boileau

Patrick Lloyd Boileau who died April 29 in Hood River, Ore., was born to Lloyd and Thrya Boileau in Marinette on Dec. 29th, 1927.

His childhoodhood was spent on the shores of Green Bay and Lake Michigan where he learned to swim and sail. After completing high school, he enrolled at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, where he studied to become a mining engineer.

When World War II broke out, he enlisted in the Army and trained at Fort Lewis, Wash. He was made a corporal, but the war ended before his unit was called. He returned to Wisconsin and then graduated from Michigan Tech.

He married his sweetheart, Carol Jean Uecke on Dec. 29, 1948, and worked for Hanna Mining Company as a mining engineer. These were hard rock mines where iron and other metals were mined. The miners were as hard as the minerals they wrested from the earth, and he enjoyed the company of these tough men as well as the engineers he worked with.

He and his wife had three children, Ann Eleanor, Michael William and Joan Carol. Because of his work the family moved often. They lived in Michigan, Missouri, Colorado, Maine, Pennsylvania, and Utah. As an engineer, he loved to build things, including houses. He designed and/or supervised construction of many of the homes the family lived in. He was particularly proud of the home he built for his family on Fortune Lake in Michigan. That house had a dock, where the family enjoyed swimming, boating and water-skiing.

In 1983, he was asked to work for the Department of Energy at Hanford. They put him on a team to figure out a safe place for nuclear waste, a job he worked at until his retirement. In 1984, his wife, Carol died of cancer. He then met Betty Ann (Wess) Newell and they married in Wenatchee in 1986. They lived in the Tri-Cities. In 1990 they both retired and moved to Durango, Colo. and in 2005 they located to Trout Lake, Wash.

Survivors include his wife, Betty; daughter, Joan; son-in-law, Joe (Luana) Pacheco; brother, Jack (Kay) Boileau; several nieces, nephews and cousins; his step-children: Sharon (Jim) Bryan, Paul (Sally) Newell, Tim (Karen) Newell, Jayne (Scott) Allen, Lester (Shelly) Newell and their children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Carol; son, Mike, and daughter, Ann.

Services will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in White Salmon on Saturday, May 17. The rosary will be recited at 10:30 a.m. with the Mass following at 11 a.m.


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