John Trapper Norsis Gadbois Sr., age 86, peacefully passed to his eternal home on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD.
John was born in Jefferson SD on November 8, 1924 to Dominique and Ida (St. Onge) Gadbois. His early life was spent on farms southwest of Howard, SD. John was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps in the South Pacific in WWII from 1944 - 1946, receiving the Asia Pacific Campaign Service Medal, WWII Marine Corps Occupation Service Medal, and the WWII Victory Medal. He married Lucille Neises in Washington, DC on October 19, 1946. Lucille was also from Howard, SD.
He was employed by the Metz Baking Co. in Sioux Falls for 20+ years as a semi-truck
painter and repair mechanic. His special joys were his family, fishing, trapping, hunting, gardening, coin collecting, card playing and making jewelry. He loved to give vegetables, fish, collected coins, bracelets and necklaces away. He was member of St. Joseph's Cathedral, the Center for Active Generations, the VFW and the DAV.
Those who will treasure his life are his wife of 64 years, Lucille, and five daughters and two sons. Joanne Sier and her husband, David of Appleton, WI, Larry Gadbois and his wife, Barb of Sioux Falls, Marilyn Clark and her husband, John of Inver Grove Heights, MN, John Gadbois Jr. and his wife, Joan of Sioux Falls, Karen Hausman and her husband, Bob of Eagan, MN, Jane Huard and her husband, Bud of Branson, MO, and Suzanne Thomas and her husband, John of Minneapolis, MN; seventeen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. John was the middle child of seventeen, coming from a good farming family near Epiphany SD. He is survived by one brother, Art of Cedar Falls, IA; and four sisters, Patricia Schaeffer of Portland, OR, Bonita Nebel of Baton Rouge, LA, Mary Protsch and her husband, Vince of Howard, SD, and June Herke of Watertown, SD. His spirit will be carried on by all.
He was preceded in death by his parents, eight brothers and two sisters.
Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:00 AM Saturday, March 26th at St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls with Fr. Tom Anderson celebrating. Burial with military rites will be at St. Michael Cemetery in Sioux Falls, SD. Visitation will begin on Friday at 2:00 PM at George Boom Funeral Home in Sioux Falls with the family present to greet friends beginning at 6:00 PM. A liturgical wake service will begin at 7:00 PM.
Memorials may be made in Mr. Gadbois name to Saint Joseph Restoration Project.
The family would like to express its special thanks and appreciation to the staff of Avera Home Hospice and the Dougherty House for giving dignity and care to his final days.
Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God
that the soul of your servant John,
who has departed this day out of this world,may receive forgiveness and everlasting rest through our Lord, Jesus Christ.