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William J. Houle
8/22/1931 - 6/30/2013

William J. Houle

William J Houle age 81, of Cloquet went peacefully at home with his daughter Briana and Grandson Christopher at his side on June 30, 2013.

William was born August 22, 1931 the second youngest son of George and Nancy Houle, he had twelve other siblings. He attended Brookston School and graduated in 1949. Straight off from graduation he entered the military, where he spent 6 years in the US Navy and served during the Korean War. William was honorably discharged in 1955 as an MM1.

Once out of the military William worked at WK Steel Mill in Duluth, during this time he was also married to Frances Bienick. They were married for twenty five years and had four children.

William has had many positions throughout his career; Home School Coordinator for Cloquet Public Schools, Talent Search Coordinator for the college of St Scholastica, District 3 Brookston Representative, Tribal Chairman for 16 years for Fond du Lac Reservation.

William worked hard to better the lives of the people of Fond du Lac. He was instrumental in implementing and lobbying for many of the businesses on Fond du Lac at the United States Capitol. William was affiliated or a member of; FDL Conservation Commission, FDL Housing Authority, FDL Private Industry Council, Minnesota Chippewa Tribal Executive Committee, MCT Human Services Sub-Committee, MCT Housing Sub-Committee, MCT Legislative Sub-Committee, National Congress of American Indians, National Tribal Chairman’s Associations, Board of Directors Mash Ka Wisen, Board of Directors of the National Indian Gaming Association (founding Chairman), National Indian Fish and Wildlife Society. William rubbed elbows with Senators and shook the hand of many of the Presidents that held office during his tenure as Fond du Lac Tribal Chairman, he had the natural ability of a politician.

William having spent most of his formative years on Lost Lake, hunting and fishing were his passion. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, steel head fishing was the only thing that outweighed all other outdoor activities. There weren’t many things that he loved more than fishing whether it was in a boat or on the river, he loved to catch a giig (fish).

William was preceded in death by siblings; baby Priscilla, infant Charles Houle, Jerome Houle, his parents George and Nancy Houle, and siblings Priscilla Houle, Ambrose (Margery) Houle, George (Aurelia) Houle, Anna (Henry) Thompson, Christine (Carl) Pittman, Richard Houle, his daughter Lenore Houle, grandson David Houle, great grandson Cassidy LaFave.

William is survived by his family; Fred (Pearl) Houle, Jean Houle, Georgiana (Gerald) DeRoche, Frances Houle, Lorraine Houle, Briana Houle, Brenda Houle, John Martin, his grandchildren; Ken Fosness, Steven Fosness, Christopher Houle, Desiree Houle, Jay Houle, Dana Houle-Mcfatridge, Gye Houle-Mcfatridge, Lance Houle, Jacob Johanson, Felicia Martin, Jessica Martin, Jocelyn Martin, 13 great grandchildren and many Nephews, Nieces and In-Laws that he thought greatly of.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 5, 2013 from 4 - 7 pm in the Handevidt Funeral Home, 900 Washington Ave, Cloquet.  Vistiation will continue on Saturday, July 6, 2013 from 10:00 am until the 11:00 am Funeral Service also in the funeral home.  Full military honors by the Cloquet Combined Honor Guard and the Fond du Lac Honor Guard.


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From: Mickey Barney   Cloquet Mn
Relationship:  Friend

I am unable to attend Bills Funeral, but, I wanted all of you to know that I am thinking about all of you. Fran, Brenda, you are very important to me. We shared many special times. I thought alot of Bill, he did much for the reservation, and he was a VERY kind person. Hugs to you all!!!!
Sent:  7/3/2013