Jules E. Rivard

MANISTIQUE – Jules E. Rivard, 89, of Manistique, Mich., died Jan. 20, 2013, at Marquette General Hospital.

He was born Sept. 22, 1919, in Springfield, Mass., the son of Etienne and Louisa (St. Jules) Rivard. In 1934 he served in the C.C.C.’s for nine months and later worked with the WPA for three years.

In December of 1941 he joined the U.S. Army and saw duty in the Pacific Theater.

On Nov. 20, 1943, he and the former Leona Ann Duchene were married at Sacred Heart Church in Abilene, Texas. They lived in Garden, Mich., following his military duty.

Jules started working at the paper mill in Manistique in 1946 and worked there until his retirement in 1981.

He was a member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Manistique, was a life-member of the Manistique third degree K. of C. Council, the Donald E. Messier Fourth Degree Assembly, the Schoolcraft County V.F.W. Post, the Manistique American Legion, and the Manistique Moose Lodge. His favorite passion was playing euchre at the Moose Lodge, and handing out poppies for the V.F.W. and American Legion, and Tootsie Rolls for the Knights of Columbus.

He was an avid sports fan. He loved the New York Yankees, the Chicago Bears and the Notre Dame football team.

In 1988, Jules fulfilled a life dream of receiving his high school diploma.

Jules is survived by his children, Julie A. Burrell of Garden, Ginger (Ralph) Reynolds of Shell Lake, Wis., and Sally (Dale) DuFour of Manistique; 11 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; brother, Robert Rivard of California; sister-in-laws, May Duchene of Garden and Phyllis Duschene of Oconto, Wis.; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Joseph Rivard; granddaughter, Jodie Rivard; two brothers and two sisters.

Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Messier-Broullire Funeral Home in Manistique. A veteran’s memorial service will be held at noon followed by a K of C Rosary at 12:30 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at St. Francis de Sales Church in Manistique with Father Glenn Theoret officiating. A luncheon will follow at the V.F.W. Hall in Manistique. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery at Manistique.

Memorial donations may be directed to the Manistique Senior Center or to the St. Francis School Education Foundation.