MARQUETTE, MI. - Clarence A. "Beaver" Duquette, age 77, of Marquette, entered eternal life on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at his home,in the loving care of his family.
Born October 19, 1936 in Marquette, a son of Henry and Ann (Forsberg) Duquette, Beaver grew up in North Marquette, a real "Swamper". He enjoyed sports from an early age and his enthusiasm and participation in those sports carried into his adult years. Beaver was employed for a time with Cliff Dow and then began a 33 year career with the Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad, beginning first on the section crew and later serving as a conductor and engineer. He retired in 1998. An avid outdoorsman who appreciated all that nature had to offer, Beaver enjoyed hunting, brook trout fishing, going to camp, and blueberry picking, and especially enjoyed sharing those pursuits with his grandchildren.
His love of sports included being involved in keg league softball, bowling three or four nights a week, and playing hockey until into his mid-60's. He also coached Junior Hockey for several years, leading to a state championship in 1977 for O'Dovero Construction. Beaver was a devoted Detroit Tiger and Red Wing fan, and could often be found relaxing with family, friends, and a can of Strohs.
Survivors include his children, Liz (Jim) Hytinen of Marquette, Karen (Doug) Cross of Midland, Stephen (Deborah) Duquette and Chip (Tanya) Duquette both of Marquette; his grandchildren, Nicole, Michelle, Lisa, Jessica, Laura, Matthew, Christopher, Rhae Ann, Dalton, Amanda, and Sarah; great-grandchildren, Emma, Alex, Joseph, Allison, Chase, Dan III, William, Trevor, Brennen, Tori, and Taylor; his siblings, Donald (Ruth) Duquette, Bernard Duquette, Pat Setter, Paul (Darlene) Duquette, and Jerry (Sue Lefler) Duquette all of Marquette; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to his parents, Beaver was preceded in death by a son, Robert Duquette; grandson, Robert Laundre; brother-in-law, Howard Setter; his longtime companion, Cheri Croschere; and canine pal, Toni.
The family will receive relatives and friends at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home on Friday, May 9, beginning at 1:00 pm until the time of service at 3:00 pm. Rev. Leon Jarvis will preside and a reception will follow in the reception room located at the funeral home. Beaver's siblings will serve as honorary pallbearers. Inurnment will be made in the Northland Chapel Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association, 710 Chippewa Square, Marquette, MI 49855.
The family would like to express their appreciation to all of Beaver's caregivers throughout the years, for the many kindnesses extended to Beaver and his family.
The Fassbender Swanson Funeral Homes are serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at swansonlundquistfu neralhome.com