RAPID RIVER - Born in Escanaba on April 15, 1928, John Doyen Dault was the son of Theodore and Florence (Bellmore) Dault. He was raised on a farm in Perronville and moved to Powers in 1945. He graduated from Powers-Spalding High School in 1946. After his graduation, Dault worked for C.G. Bridges until his induction into the Army in Menominee on Aug. 25, 1950.
After undergoing basic training, Dault was deployed to Korea where he was assigned to the Medical Detachment, 180 Infantry Regiment. He advanced to the rank of corporal. For his military service, he was awarded a Purple Heart on July 3, 1952, for wounds received as a result of hostile actions. His parents learned of their son's injury after receiving a telephone call from Henry Bolin of Manistique. Bolin was a ham radio operator and had picked up the message relating that Dault was wounded and in a hospital in Japan. In addition to the Purple Heart, Dault was awarded the Korean Service Medal with one Bronze Star and the U.N. Service Medal with one Bar.
After his discharge in 1951 at Camp McCoy in Wisconsin, Dault returned to Powers and was employed by his father in Dault's Merchandise Mart. He married his wife, the former Marilyn Beaudoin, on June 6, 1953, in Coleman, Wis., and the couple were the parents of three children, Kathleen, Julie Ann and John T.
In 1954, Dault purchased his father's business and, in 1961, purchased the Powers Hall from the local school district and moved the store to the hall located on Highway 41 in the Village of Powers. He and his wife operated the store - Jack's Shopping Center - until his death on 1969. His wife continued to operate the store until it was sold in 1977.
Dault was an active member of Tony Revord Legion Post 244 in Powers, the Powers-Spalding Lions Club, Powers-Spalding Volunteer Fire Department, and St. Francis Xavier Church. He was also a blood donor, donating three-plus gallons of blood until his death at age 41.
The veteran died on July 29, 1969 and is buried in the Spalding Township Cemetery. At the time of his death, he was survived by wife, Marilyn; his three children; his parents; one sister, Mary Geline of Powers; and one brother, Major William Dault. U.S. Air Force, Sumter, S.C. His parents and brother are now also deceased.