Maurice Joseph Gauthier, 87 of 1600 South 30th Street, Lot #38, Escanaba, Michigan passed away on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Marquette General Hospital surrounded by his family and in the care of Lake Superior Hispice.
He was born in Sagola, Michigan on November 12, 1926, the son of Paul and Marie Blais) Gauthier.
Maurice married Elaine Taylor of Schaffer, Michigan on September 16, 1947 at Sacred Heart Church in Schaffer. They were married for 53 years.
Mo was a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 324, for 57 years. He retired on May 1, 1986. Operating a road grader, he was one of the original workers on the Mackinaw Bridge. He received a commemorative medal and invitation to its 50 year celebration in 2007. Maurice worked on the construction of the E-4 paper machine in Escanaba, the Tilden Mine in Ishpeming, and various airport runways and roads throughout the state on Michigan. He had the uncanny ability of convincing his employees to pave all the church parking lots and driveways, which just happened to be close to the roads he was working on.
He was a member of the American Legion Post #438 in Bark River, Michigan and a parishioner off St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Wells.
Maurice proudly served his county during World War II as a member of the US Merchant Marines and Army, and was honorably discharged on February 19, 1947.
He is survived by six sons and two daughters, Dennis (Kathy) Gauthier of Schaffer, Bernie (Marti) Gauthier of Longview, TX, Jim (Teri) Gauthier of Mesa, AZ, Richard (Beth) Gauthier of Schaffer, Bob (partner, Jim Berlinski)Gauthier of Mesa, AZ, Patrick Gauthier of Fairbanks, AK, Alice (Tom) Vermullen of Wells, Mary (Craig) Schmelzer of Sturgeon Bay; 15 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; and one sister, Louise LeGault of Escanaba.
Maurice was preceded in death by his wife, Elaine, on January 8, 2000.
Maurice enjoyed working with wood and became an accomplished carpenter and craftsman. Four of his children welcome friends and family into their recreation rooms proudly designed and constructed by their father. All of his children cherish the beautiful wooden frames and furniture created by their dad, Mo. His veteran family members all received a memorial flag box. His special donkey planters can be seen on many lawns in the UP and elsewhere.
Mo’s last request was to see all of his children before entering into eternal life. At the end, he was surrounded by all eight of his children, several grandchildren, nieces, nephews, friends, and his sister Louise.
Visitation will be held on Friday, August 1, 2014, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Chapel in Bark River. Bark River American Legion Post #438 will hold services at 3 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 6 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wells with Rev. Rick Courier officiating.
Entombment will be in Gardens of Rest Good Shepherd Mausoleum in Wells.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests the donations be made to Lake Superior Hospice, 419 West Baraga Ave., Marquette, MI 49855.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Gauthier Family.