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James W. Girouard

James W. Girouard, 86, was born in Superior, Wis. Oct. 1, 1927, and passed away at his home in Yalaha, Fla. on Nov. 21, 2013.

He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II in the South Pacific, becoming a member of the UDT/Seebees (later known as the S.E.A.L.S.). During the Korean War Jim enlisted in the US Marine Corps and was a member of Duluth's Company "B". He was one of the "Frozen Chosin".

Over the course of his life, he was a cowboy, deep sea diver, aviator, volunteer fireman, skydiver, and a successful businessman. Jim started his career as a fire protection engineer and eventually became a vice president of Marsh and McLellan, Int'l Brokerage Firm in New York City, from which he retired. His retirement time was spent flying his plane from their home at Leeward Air Ranch in Ocala, Fla. and later traveling the contiguous 48 states, Canada and Alaska in their big motor coach. He loved life and enjoyed his family, and many friends.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo "Jodi" Girouard of Yalaha; daughters, Pamela A. Ivey (Elton) of Florida., Michele G. Balluff (Randy) of Michigan and Florida., Dr. Susan Dellert of New Jersey; sons, Ray Atchley (Chris) of Florida., Patrick Girouard (Debra) of Indiana, Marc Girouard (Celine) of Connecticut, Paul Girouard (Shari) of Florida, Gregory Atchley (Keri) of Florida, 15 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother- in-law, Frank Giesen of Solon Springs.

He was predeceased by his parents, Edna and Joseph E. Girouard; his first wife, Beth May Girouard of Connecticut; a daughter, Deborah G. Stalvig of Superior; a brother, Joseph Jr. of Superior; and a sister, Mary Girouard Giesen of Solon Springs.

Jim was a member of the Elks Lodge No. 2731 and enjoyed membership in the AOPA, EAA, VFW (Duluth), and FMCA.

He was of the Catholic faith with deep roots in Cathedral of Christ the King, Superior.

Jim's Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. in Cathedral Of Christ The King on Saturday, July 19th with Rev. Andrew P. Ricci, Rector as Celebrant. Committal prayers will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by the Duluth Honor Guard.

If desired, memorials in Jim's name may be made to Corner Stone Hospice, 2445 Lane Park Rd., Tavares, FL. 32778 or to A. O. P. A. Foundation, 421 Aviation Way, Frederick, MD 21701.

Downs Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Sign the online guestbook or send condolences at