THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Arthur L. Bourdlais
Issue Date: November 15, 2018
Arthur Lawrence Bourdlais, 94, of Menominee, Mi., passed away Monday, Nov. 5, 2018 after a short battle with cancer.
Born May 8, 1924 in Escanaba, Mi., to the late Lawrence and Bernadette (Joint) Bourdlais, after high school, he served in the United States Army/Air Corps as an Engineer/Gunner on B-17's, flying 24 missions in Europe during World War II. His ability for mechanics was put to use after the war, where he remained in the Air Force maintaining various types of aircraft until retiring in 1964. While serving, he met and married Caroline Rice and together they raised seven children in the Catholic faith.
They enjoyed playing cards and bowling. He worked for TWA in Kansas City, Mo. and again retired in 1986. After her passing in 1988, he returned to Michigan where he enjoyed rekindling relationships with childhood chums.
He then married Dorothy DeGrand and they remained active in various church functions and with Menominee's VFW Post 1887.
Through his life, he was known by neighbors for being able to fix anything. He instilled in his children a strong work ethic and duty to serve and several of his children and grandchildren followed in his footsteps. He will be remembered for his strong Catholic faith, love of country and lending a helping hand to strangers.
He is survived by six children, Terry (Bev) Bourdlais, John Bourdlais, Jim (Vicki) Bourdlais, Robert (Wanda) Bourdlais, Mary Bronson and Cindy (Jeff) Johnston; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; other family members and friends.
In addition to his parents and wives, Betty Marie, Caroline and Dorothy, he was preceded in death by two sons, Richard Bourdlais and Tim Peterson; a granddaughter, Danielle Bourdlais; his step-father, Daniel Hamlin; two sisters, Cecil LaFleur and Merie Collins and a dear companion, Ellen Gorman.
Visitation took place Monday, Nov. 12 at Cadieu Funeral Home in Menominee from 9 a.m. until time of Parish Prayers at 11 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial followed at Resurrection Parish at 11:30 a.m., with Fr. Brian Gerber presiding. Military Honors by The 20 Year Club were performed immediately after Mass. Interment with Caroline will be held in a private ceremony at a later date.