Julian Rheault

julian rheault

Julian Joseph Rheault, 86, of Dilworth MN, passed away peacefully June 12, 2011 surrounded by his loving family in the palliative care unit at Sanford Hospital.

Julian was born November 6, 1924 in Riverside, Montana, to Victor and Laura Rheault. In 1937 the family moved to Horace, North Dakota to farm. He met and married Henrietta Gress in 1947. They made their home in Fargo and Together raised four loving children.

Julian was a long time member of the Catholic Church and was actively involved with the 4th degree Knights of Columbus. He was also involved as a member of the Elks and Eagles fraternal organizations. He worked for 30 years as a skilled diesel technician at Midland Diesel Service and retired in 1987. After retirement he and his wife enjoyed wonderful winters in Arizona where he spent his days woodworking, and enjoying time with his wife and many friends. His summers were filled with gardening, fishing, and cherished family time spent at their lake home on Long Lake near Detroit Lakes MN. He was an avid woodworker and adorned his cabin with his creations.

Julian was a kind and loving man with gentle, hard working hands and a big heart. He was a generous friend to many, a loving, faithful husband and father, and a wonderful grandpa. He was extremely close to his kids and all of his grandkids. He will be greatly missed by all.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Henrietta; two sons: Terry (Kathy) of Fargo, & Jeff (Stephanie)  of Dilworth; two daughters: Connie (Dennis) Meier of Rapid City, SD, Susan (Douglas) Landsverk of Aitkin, MN; Grandchildren: Jason (Chalaine) Meier, JoEllen (Mike) Keegan, Terry Jr (Kristy) Rheault, Melanie (Ben) Noonan, Erik, Kevin & Jamie Landsverk, Justin (Ashley) Moug; eight great-grandchildren; sisters: Nellie Sauvageau of Santa Rosa, CA, Angela (Ed) Sauvageau, Marie Rheault, Virginia Hahne; Brother Donald Rheault, all of Fargo; numerous cousins, nieces & nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Alphie, Steve, & Edward; sisters Ceceila, Claudia, Rick & Agnes Anderson.

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  1. Osage MN
    Terry and family Connie: Ray and I were sorry to hear of your loss with Julian’s passing. As I say quite often these days, it seems no matter what the age or health conditions, it is still very difficult to lose a parent and grandparent. May God hold him in his arms and give all of you peace as you move forward.

    Yours freinds-Dee and Ray

  2. Tucson AZ
    My condolences to the Rheault family for their loss. May God bless the family and may Julian rest in peace. Ad distant cousin,

    David V. Barfuss (son of Monica Duval Barfuss)

  3. Detroit Lakes MN
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you grieve the loss of such a wonderful man! We enjoyed having Julian as our neighbor at the Lake and I will never forget the ‘dad’ role he played in helping us out with all the little projects around our home. May you find comfort and peace in his memory.

  4. Helena MTConnie, I am so sorry to hear about your Father’s passing. Know that you and all of your family are in my thoughts and prayers as you mourn and begin your healing process. I remember enjoying many a day at your home in Fargo while in grade school and high school. May all of your fond memories help carry you through this difficult time. Love & God Bless, Mary Fitzgerald Martinez

  5. RAPID CITY SDOur sincere sympathy for Connie, Dennis and the family. We appreciated reading his obituary because we see more of him as a person you all loved. We have only known about his recent struggles with broken hips and being in the Nursing Home. I am sure you are all remembering all the wonderful things he has done throughout his life Love and Prayers.
    Your Rapid City Friends
    Don and Cindy

  6. Omaha NESusie, I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing, just wanted to let you and your family know that I will keep you in my prayers, my heart goes out to you….God Bless Colleen

  7. Dilworth MN
    Our sincere sympathy & prayers to all Julian’s family in the days ahead. Enjoyed getting to know you at bowling & Dilworth Community dinners. Hope to see you at the dinners Henrietta.
    Marvin & Jean Jacobsen

  8. Plymouth MITerry,
    I think the last time we visited was at the reception for my dad’s funeral. I am so sorry to now hear that your dad has passed. My heartfelt condolance for your loss. Larry

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