THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Joseph "Paul" DeGroot, 80, of Wausaukee, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 31.
Born March 2, 1936, to the late Carl and Leone (Thompson) DeGroot, he moved to Chicago when he was 18 and worked for Illinois Central Railroad in the evenings and at a drapery business in the daytime. He then had a business installing custom drapes and shades, traveling throughout the Midwest. He returned to Middle Inlet when he retired.
He enjoyed traveling, was always smiling, making others smile and was a people person who could talk to anyone.
He is survived by three daughters, Vicki (Gene) Orrico, Michelle (Ken) Erickson and Cindi (fiancé Michael Wagner) Dobbins; three grandchildren; four siblings, Juanita Hamblin, David (Nancy), Larry (Kristee) and Dan and many extended family members.
Family and friends may visit Roubal Funeral Home on Friday, Feb. 10 from 3 p.m. until time of the funeral service at 4 p.m. Roubal Funeral Home of Wausaukee is assisting the family with arrangements.