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Robert James Barrette, 89, of Menominee, Mich. passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2014, at Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette, Wis. He was born on May 8, 1924 in Marinette, Wis. to the late Harold and Lorena (Swetzler) Barrette.
Robert graduated from Marinette High School class of 1942. He served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corp. in the Pacific during WWII and was discharged in 1946. He married the former Carol Vandenberg on January 11, 1947. She preceded him in death on June 9, 2013. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church and the American Legion. Robert and Carol traveled throughout the United States as well as Hawaii, Alaska and Israel. Robert worked for the Menominee Post Office until his retirement. He was a popular and well liked mail carrier for over 30 years and everyone knew and loved Bob. He also enjoyed bowling, going to Menominee football games and tending bar on Saturday nights at various establishments in Menominee.
Robert is survived by three daughters: Laurie Barrette-Shoshan of Bell Canyon, Calif., Julie Barrette of Milwaukee, Wis. and Paula Barrette of Boston, Mass.; four sons: Mike (Marcia), Pat (Rayleen), Tom (Jodi), and David (Sally Larson) all of Menominee, Mich.; his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister, Nancy Haines of Marinette, Wis.; one brother, George (C.J.) Barrette of Peshtigo, Wis.; a sister-in-law, Gerry Vandenberg; his feline buddy "Babe" along with many other family members and friends. In addition to his parents and his wife, Robert was preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Thyne; two brothers: Harold and Ronald; his grandson, David Barrette, Jr.; a nephew, John Vandenberg; and three brothers-in-law: Burl Thyne, Howard Haines and Warren Vandenberg.
A celebration of Robert's life will be held at the Cadieu-Thielen Funeral Home on Thursday, January 23, 2014, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. The American Legion service will begin at 6 p.m. with the Vigil prayer service to follow with Fr. Michael Ocran presiding.
Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.
We put a young picture of our Dad in the newspaper because he thought he looked much more handsome than the recent photo.
A memorial fund has been established in Robert's name. Any expressions of sympathy and kindness may be directed towards a family member.