Norbert E. Bellefeuil, 94, passed away on Tuesday evening, March 29, 2016 at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain,
He was born on October 13, 1921 in Wilson, MI, son to Jesse H. and Exena (Nault) Bellefeuil.
Norbert served in the U.S. Army Air Force from October 23, 1942 until his honorable discharge on January 9, 1946. He served in the air offensive in Japan and ground combat in the battle of Iwo Jima. He received an American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, Good conduct Medal 45 and a Victory Medal.
Following the military, he returned to Wilson and farmed Dairy and Beef Cattle and also worked in the woods.
On April 20, 1946, Norbert married Casimira “Cassie” Catano at St. Francis Xavier Church in Spalding. She preceded him in death on June 25, 2012.
He was a member of the American Legion Post 244 in Powers and St. John Neumann Church in Spalding.
Norbert’s favorite place to be was on the “farm”. Other than his time in the service of his country, he spent his time farming, building roads on his property, gardening, visiting with family and friends at his camp, and making maple syrup. He enjoyed helping people with whatever project they might have. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Norbert Earl Bellefeuil is survived by sister, June Bouty; brother, Raymond; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by brothers Harvey (Cathleen), William, and Kenneth (Julaine) and sisters Joyce (Willard) Bero, Arlene (Phillip) Labre, Mae (Jim) Sloan, sister-in-law Mary Jane Bellefeuil, brother-in-law Edmond Bouty.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, April 5th from 2 – 4 p.m. Central Time at St. John Neumann Church in Spalding. The American Legion Post 244 will have military rites at 3:30 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 4 p.m. with Rev. Mike Vichich officiating. A meal will follow in the church hall.
Burial will be in Spalding Twp. Cemetery.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Bellefeuil family.