Lavern F. "Buckshot" Neadeau, 70, of Red Lake, died Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji.
Funeral will be at noon Wednesday at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Red Lake with the Rev. Pat Sullivan officiating. A wake will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at Little Rock Community Center in Red Lake and continue until the time of the service. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Red Lake. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji assisted the family with arrangements.
Active pallbearers will be Terrence Neadeau, Sr., Claude Neadeau, Sr., Stewart Neadeau, Kit Morgan, Merrill Neadeau, Justin Neadeau, Keith Neadeau, Jr., Brandon Neadeau, Michael Dominguez, Jr., and Joshua Neadeau.
Honorary pallbearers will be Elmer Thompson, Charles "Skunky" Barrett, Duane Beaulieu, Bruce Roy, Melvin Morgan, Jr., Beverly M. Neadeau, Keith Neadeau, Sr., Clayton "Horse" Benaise, Mike Neadeau, Burton Benton, Jourdain-Perpich Extended Care, and all of his grandchildren.
Buckshot was born April 10, 1938, to Henry and Edith Kelly Neadeau in Red Lake. He married Ethelbert St. Clair in 1963. He worked as a commercial fisherman, contractor, furniture mover, and at the Red Lake Fishery for many years.
He was an avid fisherman and spent many hours hunting and spending time with his family and friends. In his later years he liked to go for rides in the woods and to the casino. He had a great sense of humor, a strong handshake, slicked-back hairstyle, and could do one-armed push ups.
He is survived by a special friend, Donna Howard; son, Gerry Neadeau of Hawley, Minn.; daughters, Shari (Harry) Pearson of Red Lake, Marilyn Olson of Mahnomen, Maureen "Marie" Neadeau, Edith "Sue" (Mike) Neadeau of Thief River Falls, Terri Lynn (Dave) Neadeau of Red Lake, and Sherry Howard and Diane Howard, both of Red Lake; brothers, Terrence Neadeau, Sr., Claude Neadeau, Sr., Elwyn Neadeau, and Stewart Neadeau, all of Red Lake; sisters Mary Neadeau Roberts, Judith (Elmer) Neadeau, Irma (Duane) Beaulieu, and Bonnie (Ronald) Smith, all of Red Lake, 19 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Melvin Morgan, Sr., Pete Neadeau, Gordon Neadeau, Joseph Neadeau, Adrian Neadeau, Konrad Neadeau, and Alvin Neadeau; sisters, Loretta Morgan, and Henrietta "Chubby" Neadeau.