MANISTIQUE - Longtime Manistique area resident, Gerard W. Gauthier, 90, of Henderson, Nev., died Aug. 4, 2012, at the Life Care Center of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nev.
He was born Aug. 25, 1921, in Garden, the son of Henry and Naomi (Rossier) Gauthier and attended school in Garden through the sixth grade. He moved to Manistique in 1934 and was a graduate of Manistique High School with the Class of 1940.
Gerard joined the U.S. Army in 1940 and saw duty in the Pacific Theater. He became a prisoner of war in Japan from 1941-1945 and endured the Death March to Bataan. He was honorably discharged in 1947.
On Dec. 1, 1945, he married the former Doris E. Myers Durst in Detroit, Mich. They made their home in the Detroit area while Gerard was employed as a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Inkster and Detroit. Gerard retired in 1977 and they moved to Manistique in 1978. He and Doris then moved to Henderson, Nev., in 1997.
Gerard was a member of St. Francis de Sales Church of Manistique, the Manistique K. of C. Council 2026 and the Donald E. Messier Fourth Degree Assembly 504 where he served as a Faithful Navigator. He was also a member of the Schoolcraft County V.F.W. Post 4420, the American Legion Post 83, and the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 26, the Xpow's, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor. In his free time, he enjoyed golfing and reading.
Gerard is survived by his wife, Doris E. Gauthier of Henderson, Nev.; daughters, Helen Dawson of Taylor, Mich., and Pennie (Peter) Robare of Henderson, Nev.; grandchildren, Michelle Dawson of Taylor, Mich., and Matthew Robare of Dearborn Heights, Mich.; along with several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son-in-law, William Dawson; his grandson, Jeffrey Dawson; and his brothers, Bernard Gauthier and Charles Gauthier.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10, at the Messier-Broullire Funeral Home in Manistique. A K of C Rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. and parish liturgical prayers will be said at 7 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 11, at St. Francis de Sales Church in Manistique.
Burial with veteran honors will follow at the New Garden Cemetery at Garden Township.
Memorial donations may be directed to the Disabled American Veterans. Online condolences may be expressed at www.mbfuneral.com.