rancis William Courier, age 89, of 5943 26.5 Lane, Gladstone, passed away Saturday afternoon, October 17, 2009 with his daughter Darlene and son-in-law Robert at his side at the Jabobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette.
Francis was born September 1, 1920 in Escanaba the son of Fred and Eva (Sauve) Courier. Francis was raised in Escanaba and he was a 1938 graduate of Escanaba High School.
Francis served his country in the United States Naval Coast Guard from 1941 until his retirement in 1963. Francis retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer following 22 years of active duty. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, WW II Victory Medal, American Campaign Ribbon, European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon and the Expert Pistol Shot Medal.
Following his retirement, Francis returned to Delta County where he worked security jobs and he was a self employed woodsman. He resided in Nahma until 1998 when he moved to his current location in Gladstone.
Francis enjoyed listening to music and spending time at the Gladstone Senior Center.
Daughter; Darlene (Robert) Major of Pace, FL
Sister; Marilyn Starrine of Florida
2 granddaughters; Heather Major of Pace, FL and Heidi (Justin) Major-Clark of Pensacola, FL.
3 great grandchildren numerous nieces, nephews and cousins
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Leonard, sister, Rhea Abrahamson and 1 nephew.
According to Francis
To the only Uncle that I had. I miss you today as I have for so many years. Knowing that we will she you again is my only consolation. Hoping that your suffering is eased and standing next to your Mother, Father, sister and brother. Miss you Uncle Francis and love you more!!!
Mary Starrine/ niece
It was an honor for me to have had a small part in the care of Francis. We will all miss him. Darlene, it was nice to meet you and get to know you a little. If you are in the area, please stop to visit. I enjoyed our talks!
Sherry Kurtz RN
To Uncle Francis from Kathy Moses – rest in peace and thank you for the decades of memories I have. More true memories than those who have recently entered your life for various reasons of their own. A stalwart in the storm and gone under your own terms. May God judge those who have acted on your behalf and may your true wishes be followed.