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Earl David ‘Peto’ Fortin

March 30, 2010
The Mining Journal

HALFWAY LOCATION - Earl David "Peto" Fortin, 73, of 235 County Road 550 (Halfway Location), entered eternal life on Sunday, March 28, 2010, at his home, in the love and care of his family and the caregivers of Lake Superior Hospice.

Earl was born March 31, 1936, in Marquette, a son of William and Mary (James) Fortin, and was a lifelong area resident. On Oct. 20, 1955, he married Hazel Milnes and the couple resided in Marquette for eight years before making their home at Halfway Location. Over the years, Earl worked with his father in the logging industry for Don Johnson logging and Cain Brothers Logging. He also worked as a mechanic for Hodges and Sons and was a supervisor at Schneider's Saw Mill. In his spare time, Earl loved listening to the Elmer Aho Show, playing jokes on his friends and family, watching the birds and horses, fighting with his cat Salem "Fegus," watching his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids play, and working in his garden. Earl also was a great mechanic and loved to fix things as he talked about "the good old days."

Survivors include his three daughters, Laura (Kim) Cain of Big Bay, Cindy (Ning) Pleaugh of Sands, and Joann Fortin of Halfway Location; his son, Paul (Tina) Fortin of Halfway; his grandchildren, Tony (Tara) Cain, Ashley and Krista Fortin, Cathy (Derek) LeBresh, Bobbie Day and fiancee, John Pazolt, and Francis (Amber) Pleaugh; great-grandchildren Justin and Parker Cain, Vincent and Daryn Day, and Lena Pleaugh; his brothers, William (Loraine) Fortin, Kenneth Fortin, and Albert (Lois) Fortin; his sisters Virginia Mannila and Mary Sundberg; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, Earl was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Fortin; a son, Earl David Fortin Jr.; and brothers Robert Fortin, Terry Fortin, John Fortin and Clovis Fortin.

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Earl Fortin

Friends may call at the Fassbender Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 31 beginning at 5 p.m. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home at 7 p.m. Wednesday evening with the Rev. Ben Paris officiating. Burial will be made in the Powell Township Cemetery in Big Bay.

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