HARDWOOD – Duaine Francis Depotie, 74, of Hardwood, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at the Oscar G. Johnson V.A. Medical Center in Iron Mountain.
Duaine was born in Helps on March 23, 1939, the son of Joseph and Lena (Murray) Depotie. The family lived in Menominee for five years before returning to Helps, where Duaine was raised.
After graduating from high school in Powers and marrying Ruth Mae Thunell on Aug. 12, 1961, at St. Joseph Church in Foster City, Duaine served as a medic in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Germany from 1962 until his discharge in 1964.
Duaine was employed by MJ Electric as a heavy equipment operator and lineman, and worked in the woods most of his life. He was quite the handyman to many in his community and was a member of the Country Gentleman and Hickory Winds bands for 22 years.
He enjoyed listening to and singing old country and western music, loved watching Jack Benny and M*A*S*H, and was an avid hunter, trapper, and fisherman. He loved to coach little league baseball, helping run the Fun League in Hardwood for almost a decade.
He was an active member of St. Joseph Church of Foster City, helping with bingo, church picnics, and singing in the choir. He was also a third-degree member of the Knights of Columbus Fr. McCarthy Council 11316 of Foster City and Channing, as well as a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) in Escanaba.
Surviving are his wife, Ruth; two children, Joseph (Carrie) of Helps, and Nicole (Stephanie Sexton) of Bark River; four grandchildren, Zachary, Lily, Samuel and Joshua; and brother, Alfred (Eloda) Depatie of Milwaukee.
Duaine was preceded in death by his parents, and three siblings, June Depotie, Judy Lemberger, and Richard Depotie.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Central time at St. Joseph Church in Foster City.
Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. Darryl Pepin officiating.
Burial with full military rites will be held at the Foster City Cemetery following Mass. A luncheon will follow the cemetery services in the church hall (downstairs).
The family would like to thank both Thomas Murray and Terry Murray for their assistance and support during his treatments, spending countless hours driving him to appointments and keeping him company during a time of great need.
Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Depotie family.