MARQUETTE, MI. - Louis Edward Beaudry, age 66, of 315 Summit Street, Marquette, entered eternal life Thursday evening, August 2, 2012, at his home, in the loving care of his family and the caregivers of Lake Superior Hospice.
Born January 12, 1946 in Marquette, a son of Roy and Elaine (Coughlin) Beaudry, Lou was a lifelong Marquette resident. Following his graduation from Graveraet High School in 1964, he attended business college in Honolulu, Hawaii for a year. Drafted into the US Army, Lou served two years during the Vietnam Era before returning to Marquette where he was employed with Elson Bottling Works as a deliveryman. His next employment was with the Union National Bank where he held several positions, eventually serving as loan officer and branch manager. Lou then went to work at the Marquette Branch Prison, first as a guard, and later as cashier in the business office. While employed at the prison, Lou earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business from Northern Michigan University in 1985. Lou retired in 1995 due to ill health.
Lou was a spontaneous and fun-loving individual, and it was those qualities that first attracted Jackie LaRue to him. The couple were married in Marquette on October 15, 1966, while he was serving in the US Army, and together they established a home and later raised two sons in Marquette. Lou was also very caring and sentimental, always a caretaker to those who needed him and often a "softie" when it came to family, friends, and particularly the grandchildren. In his leisure, Lou enjoyed card games with friends, coin collecting, and genealogy. His passion was his family and he was never happier than when attending the activities of his grandchildren or taking a relaxing trip (and they traveled extensively) with Jackie overseas to Europe or Hawaii. Lou was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church and Marquette Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. 405.
Louis Edward Beaudry
Lou is survived by his wife of 45 years, Jackie; sons, Shawn (Sherri) Beaudry of Ishpeming and Craig Beaudry of Marquette; his grandchildren, Riley, Casey, Amber, Lindsey, and Brandon; siblings, Betty (Ron) Guidebeck of Big Bay, Jeanette (Alan) Dupras, George (Laura Lee Weigel) Beaudry, and Gert (Dean) VanAbel of Marquette, Margaret (Terry) Bray of Portland, OR, Sandy (Doug) Robinson of Buckeye, AZ, and Shirley Beaudry of Marquette; a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Beaudry of Marquette. Also surviving are members of Jackie's family, in-laws, Kay Maynard, Marilyn Schmeltzer, Patti (Rudy) Jensen, Cookie (Tom) Parsons, and Jerome "Pete" (Marilyn) LaRue; sister-in-law, Colleen LaRue; brother-in-law, Gary McAuliffe; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends, Ron and Judy Bobo, Vic Valenti, and Mel Sweeney.
Lou was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Mary Beaudry; brothers, Robert and Roy "Babe" Beaudry; sisters-in-law, Rochelle McAuliffe and Rosemary Diedrich; brothers-in-law, Tom LaRue, Richard Schmeltzer, Paul Maynard, and Martin Diedrich.
Friends may call at St. Michael Catholic Church on Monday, August 6, beginning at 3:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 5:00 pm Monday with Rev. Larry Van Damme, pastor, as celebrant. Pallbearers will be Ron Bobo, Vic Valenti, Mel Sweeney, John DePetro, Fred Beaudry, and Pete Holms.
A reception will follow in the St. Michael Parish Center. Burial will be made in the Holy Cross Cemetery.
The Fassbender Funeral Home is serving the family. Condolences may be expressed online at www.fassbenderfuneralhome.com