Edward Gregoire, 68

Edward "Ed" Gregoire, 68, of West Bend, passed away Monday, July 21, 2008, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, town of Polk.

He was born on Oct. 22, 1939, in Cohoes, N.Y., to the late Edward and Anita Gregoire.

He was united in marriage to Donna Daane on July 22, 1967, at Jerusalem Presbyterian Church in Wales.

The couple lived in Oconomowoc where Ed was a Boy Scouts leader.

In 1976, they moved to West Bend, where he raised his three children and enjoyed a yearly garden.

Ed served in the U.S. Navy as a gyro specialist and was a member of the AMVETS, and enjoyed marching in parades.

He worked as a materials handler at RTE in Waukesha and then at the Department of Motor Vehicles, until retiring in 2003.

As a young man he officiated baseball and basketball games. He also officiated swim meets and was a member of Metro Swim Officials.

Ed was very involved in his children’s and grandchildren’s lives. His grandchildren loved his pancakes and sausages.

He is survived by his wife, Donna; three children, Debbie (Scott) Huonker of Sun Prairie, Chris Gregoire of Howards Grove and Greg (Babsi) Gregoire of Nuremberg, Germany; four grandchildren, Baelin Huonker, Kynzie Huonker, Jaric Huonker, Ellice Gregoire and two more grandchildren on the way. He is also survived by a sister Elinor (Edmond) of New York State; a brother, Donnie (Linda) Gregoire of New York State; other relatives and friends, and also his miniature poodle, Midget.

Funeral services for Ed will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday at Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church, West Bend. Rev. Janis Best will officiate.

Burial will be in Wales Cemetery at 10 a.m., Friday.

Visitation will be at the church on Thursday from 4 p.m. until the time of services.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service is assisting the family.

Online guest book and condolences may be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.