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Douglas J. Mariette

May 23, 1930 May 26, 2009
Douglas J. Mariette
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Douglas J. Mariette, age 79, resident of Grantsburg, WI, died Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at his residence. He is survived by his wife, Shirley; children, Carol (Ralph) Bents, Jane (Roger) Corty, James (Darla) Mariette, Thomas (Sheila) Mariette; 8 grandchildren, Alyssa, Emily, Jeremy, Justin, Paul, Mike, Tommy, Sarah; 1 great grandchild, James; brother, Morris (Pat) Mariette; sisters-in-law, LaVerna and Alice Mariette; nieces, nephews, family and friends. Doug was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Lynn; 2 brothers, Dennis and Charles Mariette. Douglas was the 3rd of 4 sons born to Leon and Vivian Mariette on May 23, 1930. He spent his early childhood in the Wolf Creek area, and attended high school in Minneapolis where he met and soon married the truest love of his life, Shirley Johnson. To this union 5 children were born. Douglas was drafted into the Marine Corps in 1952 and was proud to serve his country in the United States and in Korea. When he came back to Minneapolis he attended Barber College and opened his own shop in Edina. His business soon expanded to include other barber shops and several beauty salons. Doug was always open to new ideas and looked for new opportunities. He decided the best way to ‘build character’, teach responsibility, and respect all living things was to live on a farm. In 1968 he packed up his family and moved to the Falun area. “Old Knute’s Farm” was home to a large variety of animals, a ‘noodle field’ and the ever popular with young kids, ‘the gum tree’. Life was good, there were new things to learn, new adventures waiting. He owned and operated a Wood Heating Store in Siren, where he enjoyed interacting with his community. Doug had many interests. He was an avid sports fan. The Green Bay Packers, the Badgers, and the Brewers were the preferred teams, but he was able to appreciate the strengths and abilities of other team players. He liked to travel, was a master checker player, and had an amazing way with animals. He liked to go out to eat and surprise his dining companions with an untimely birthday party. But mostly he liked people. The coffee pot was always on, the cookie jar always full. He was interested in the lives of others. There was always a new adventure, a new generation to teach how to ride a bike, how to skip stones in the river, and how to love with your whole heart. Family was always top priority. His family will miss his wisdom, his strength, his tenderness, his sense of humor, but ohhhhh the memories and stories we can tell…………. Visitation will be held at the Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic, WI, on Monday, June 1st, from 5-7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 2nd, at 11:00 a.m. at the Wolf Creek United Methodist Church with Rev. Carl Heidel officiating; one hour visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 10:00 a.m. Music will be provided by organist, Linda Dahl and soloists, Ralph Bents and Mike Corty. Pallbearers will be Larry, Craig, Joe, Tony, Don and Ken Mariette. Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic, Wisconsin, was entrusted with funeral arrangements. For information call 715-327-4475.

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