GLADSTONE - Thomas A. Beaudrie, 85, of Gladstone, passed away Friday evening, Aug. 17, 2012, at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba.
Tom was born Nov. 28, 1926, in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., the son of Francis and Anna (Cochrane) Beaudrie. He was raised in Sault Ste. Marie and graduated from Sault Ste. Marie High School.
In 1944, Tom enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II, until his honorable discharge in 1946.
Thomas A. Beaudrie
In August, 1946 Tom met Dorothy Futchik also of Sault Ste. Marie, at a dance in Sault, Ontario.
In 1947 he attended the Industrial Training Institute in Chicago and was awarded a diploma in machine drafting and design. As a school project he designed a pop bottle dispensing machine.
In 1947 he returned to Sault Ste. Marie and accepted a position as the assistant city engineer until accepting a position as a draftsman and rodman on a survey crew. In 1948 he studied land surveying at the International Correspondence School in Scranton, Pa. He eventually became a registered land surveyor.
On Jan. 22, 1949, Thomas married Dorothy Futchik at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
In 1952, he was assigned city engineer and manager of the Street and Water Departments. During this time he made a drawing of the city, with all the subdivisions and land descriptions on it. Additionally, he was hired by the Mackinaw Island Carriage Tours, Inc. and designed a barn for 64 horses, which still remains on Mackinaw Island.
In 1954, he was elected as the Chippewa county surveyor. In 1958 he was hired as a right of way engineer by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).
From 1957 to 1965, he and Dorothy resided in several locations throughout the lower part of Michigan. They returned to Newberry in the Upper Peninsula (U.P.), where Tom continued his employment for MDOT as a highway maintenance superintendent, covering a large portion of the U.P., until his retirement in 1984.
Additionally, Tom worked as a registered land surveyor, surveying a large portion of the Upper Peninsula throughout the course of his life. He was considered to be an exceptional example for future surveyors entering the career field.
Tom and Dorothy remained in Newberry until 2000, at which time, they moved to Gladstone where they have resided since. Tom and Dorothy are members of All Saints Catholic Church in Gladstone. Over the years Tom was a member of the Newberry and Escanaba Elks Clubs, the Newberry American Legion and the Gladstone American Legion: August Mattson Post 71.
He was passionate about gardening and enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and grandchildren. He will be deeply missed.
In addition to his wife, Dorothy, Tom is survived by his son, John (Matilda) Beaudrie of Bentonville, Ark.; daughters, Diane (Marvin) DeMilio of Marquette, Susan Wellman of Birmingham, Mich., Nancy (Jerry) Eckelberry of Hillsdale, Mich., Debra (Jeffrey) Stieve of DeWitt, Mich., Kathryn (Paul) Walters of Gladstone; sister, Dorothy Ford of Bay City, Mich. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, two nieces, Christina and Lynn, and cousin, Paul (Marion) Mende.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Anna; brothers, Lloyd and William; and brother-in-law, Paul Ford.
Tom's family will receive friends on Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone followed by Military rites at 11 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial, to celebrate the life of Thomas A. Beaudrie, at noon, at All Saints Church in Gladstone with Rev. Fr. Ronald Timock officiating. Luncheon will follow in the All Saints Parish Hall. Contributions in Tom's name may be offered to the St. Vincent DePaul Store in Gladstone. Envelopes will be available at the Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County. Messages of condolence to the Beaudrie family can be extended online at www.skradskifuneralhomes.com.