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Russell J. Croteau

March 15, 1936 ~ September 9, 2018 (age 82)

Russell J. Croteau “Joe”

Bay City, Michigan


     Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend passed away Sunday, September 9, 2018 surrounded by his entire family at McLaren Bay Region, age 82.  Joe was born March 15, 1936 in Highland Park, Michigan to the late Emile J. and Anna F. (O’Meara) Croteau.  He married Betty L. Priest in Saginaw on March 19, 1983 and she survives him.  He was a veteran and served his country with the US Army during the Korean Conflict.  Joe was employed at a few different long time jobs throughout the years.  Mainly, Hodges Supply in Pontiac, Michigan, several local car dealerships in the Bay City area and lastly with Walmart.  He was a member of Our Lady of Peace Parish-St. Mary’s Church and the Patriot Guard Riders to help veterans.  Joe coached basketball at St. Stephen’s in Saginaw, St. Benedicts School in Pontiac and Visitation Academy here in Bay City.  He was an avid University of Michigan fan and loved his Yorkee, Cody.

     Surviving besides his wife Betty are five children: Michelle Richards, Renee Braun, Jeannine (Joe) LaCelle, Denise Behnke and Russell (Meredyth) Croteau, Jr., 18 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, his mother in-law Maxine Priest, in-laws: Mark (Viki) Priest, Bob (Brigit) Priest, Margaret (Steven) McAllister, Bonnie (Richard) Timm, Linda (Chris) Rivard and Bradley Mularz, 17 nieces and nephews.  Joe was predeceased by his sister, Patricia (Kenneth) Pettigrew, one brother Hubert (Jean) Croteau and a sister-in-law Brenda Mularz.

     The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 11:00 am at Corpus Christi Parish-Holy Trinity Church.  Fr. Robert Kelm will celebrate Mass and Military Honors, under the auspices of the Bay County Honor Guard will follow Mass outside of church.  Private interment will be in Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly.  Friends may call at Squires Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2:00 to 8:00 pm and at church on Thursday after 10:00 am. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to Michigan Bikers Helping Veterans, (


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