THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Vernle C. Durocher
Issue Date: January 30, 2020
Vernle Charles Durocher, 86, passed away in his sleep Thursday morning, Jan. 23, 2020 after a brief illness.
Born to Edward and Irene Durocher, he was raised in Coleman and after graduating from Coleman High School in 1952, he served in the United States Army in Fairbanks, Ak. He returned to Coleman in 1956, and met his future wife, the former Judy Stodola at a Christmas Night dance at the Blue Spruce in Spruce. They married in 1959 at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in Coleman. He worked for five years on a family dairy farm outside of Coleman.
In 1965, he and his father bought Karuhn's Standard Station in Coleman there they operated the gas station and sporting goods shop under the name "Durocher's Standard Service" for 23 years. After selling the station in 1987, he worked as a rural postal carrier for 12 years until retiring in 1999. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed deer hunting with family and friends where he shot many big bucks and some smaller ones at deer camps in Florence, Crooked Lake and Klondike.
His real passion was fishing and was happiest in his boat on Caldron Falls with a musky pole in hand. For many years he served on the Coleman Fire Department, Coleman Rescue Squad and was a member of the Coleman Lions Club, AmVets, Coleman Sportsmen's Club and the Rural Letter Carriers Association.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Judith (Stodola) Durocher; a daughter, Cheri (Schounard) and her husband Mark; two sons, Skip Durocher and his wife Ann Novacheck and a son, Stephen and his wife Sarah; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at Saint Anne's Catholic Church in Coleman on Friday, Jan. 31 from 10:30 a.m. until time of a Funeral Mass at noon, followed by a Mass. Donations can be made to the Coleman Fire Department or Unity Hospice.