Darryl CharbonneauDarryl Charbonneau, age 70 of Mandan, formerly of Bottineau, died Wednesday at his home following a courageous battle with cancer.
Darryl Charbonneau, age 70 of Mandan, formerly of Bottineau, died Wednesday at his home following a courageous battle with cancer.
Darryl Charbonneau, a son of Rene and Clarice (Gustafson) Charbonneau, was born on March 11, 1941 at Rolla. He grew up in St. John and graduated from St. John High School in 1959. In 1961, he married JoAnn James and they had three children, Brian, Renee and Darwin. This marriage later ended. In 1986, he married Lori Martin with whom he has 2 step-children, Amy and Alison. Darryl was very passionate about his work. He worked for the William Langer Jewel Bearing Plant in Rolla as an engineer and manager for many years. He was responsible for developing a final Technical Data Package on the FEMA designed "Dosimeter". He directed the mobilization effort for the production of dosimeters in support of the U.S. Army during Desert Storm/Shield; this earned the facility the Outstanding Public Service Award from FEMA. In 1996, he was one of the originators of Arrow-Tech in Rolla where he continued to work until his passing.
Darryl was a loving and caring man who was loved by those who knew him. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and is best known for his ability to tell wonderful stories. He loved visiting and spending time with friends and family. He also had a love for music and could play piano by ear. When he was younger he played accordion and keyboard for several bands and in his later years it was fun to catch him playing piano at home. Darryl enjoyed going for drives, his favorite was going through the Turtle Mountains. He never complained about his illness. He was a very strong and determined man. Anyone that met him could easily say they met a new friend.
He is survived by his wife Lori of Mandan; four children, Brian (Dawn) Charbonneau of Cavalier, Renee Charbonneau of Ankeny, IA, Amy (Kyle) Vorachek of Bismarck and Alison (Andy) Freeman of Bottineau; 8 grandchildren, Jenna, Lacey, Aimee, Rayni, Reece, Jaxon, Easton and Casey; brother, Bennett (Nonnie) Charbonneau of Rolla; sister, Sandy (Truman) Olson of Yucaipa, CA and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his grandparents and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy and son, Darwin.
Funeral will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 am at the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in St. John.
Visitation will be Monday from 1:00 pm until 9:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm at the Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau.
Burial will be at the Fairview Cemetery in Bismarck.
Arrangements were with Nero Funeral Home in Bottineau. Friends may sign the online register book at www.nerofuneralhome.net