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Ronald J. Chevalier
Issue Date: June 17, 2020
Ronald J. Chevalier, 95, passed away Friday, June 12, 2020, surrounded by family.
Born June 8, 1925 in Menominee, Mi., to Alfred and Margaret (Theisen) Chevalier, he graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes High School in 1943 and served in the United States Airforce during World War II as an airplane mechanic on the B29's.
On Feb. 9, 1952, he married Mary Jean Houde at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Marinette and they had four children. She preceded him in death on Nov. 6, 2010. He worked as a salesman for Kinney Motors, which he purchased and renamed Chevalier Motors and ran for 40 years.
He served as president of the Wisconsin Automobile Trade Dealers Association, was a past president of the Marinette Chamber of Commerce, a past Grand Knight of the Marinette Knights of Columbus where he was a member for over 50 years and a 4th Degree Member and was a past director of the Pine Beach Club.
A devout Catholic and lifelong member of St Joseph's Catholic Church, he was also a member of the Marinette Elks Lodge. He loved time with family and friends, going to the cabin in Athelstane for snowmobiling, dirt bike riding, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Later in life they enjoyed wintering in Florida and camping in summer.
His biggest enjoyment was playing cards, his Tuesday night poker games and his Dirty Dozen group until the very end. He always filled in or played with various card groups and when family was together, they played Lime Tree Stress. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend and will be missed.
He is survived by a son, Mark (Linda) of DePere; three daughters, Frances (James) Eliason of Sobieski, Ann (Dan) Plog of Mendota Heights, Mn. and Patti (David) Behrens of Marinette; 15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Mary Jean and a brother Arthur.
Visitation will be held at Thielen Funeral Home on Thursday, June 18 from 4 p.m. until time of Military Honors at 6:45 p.m., followed by Vigil Prayers at 7 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be live streamed on Thielen Funeral Home and Crematory's Facebook page on Friday June 19 at 11 a.m., with Rev. Celestine Byekwaso officiating. Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery in Marinette.