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Felix  Clouatre
     Jean Paul Felix Clouatre, 85, of North Platte, died Jan. 25 at Linden Court in North Platte. He was born Sept. 7, 1927, at Ingham to Delphis ''Del'' and Alma Rose Gaudreau Clouatre.
     Felix attended school in McPherson County before his family moved to North Platte in 1935. He graduated from St. Patrick''s High School in 1946.
     On May 30, 1946, Felix joined the US Navy and was honorably discharged on Apr. 2, 1948. Felix returned to North Platte and went to work for Sixth Street Market from 1948-1953. He then began a career with the Union Pacific Railroad and retired as a clerk in 1989.
     On June 2, 1955, Felix married Leona Jane Vath at St. Luke''s Catholic Church in Ogallala. To this union eight children were born.
     In 1965, he took on a supplemental job with North Platte Monument Company and Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens until 1991.
     Felix enjoyed hunting, fishing and helping out with Little League Baseball. He also enjoyed playing baseball and softball. He liked to take long rides in the canyons with his brother-in-law, Jack Schaeffer.
     Felix was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Moose Lodge, UP Old Timers, AARP, TCU Union and was a lifelong member of the National Rifle Association.
     Survivors include his wife of North Platte; four sons, Tom (Tina) Clouatre, of Saluda, Va., David (Teresa) Clouatre, Mark (Connie) Clouatre and Steven (Kim) Clouatre, all of North Platte; three daughters, Teresa (Don) Keever, of Shepherd, Mont., Denise (David) Baladez, of Julesburg, Colo. and Lisa Clouatre (special friend, John Aupperle) of North Platte; 29 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and other family.
     He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Pat Clouatre; and his sister, Stella Robinson.
     A memorial has been established for the North Platte Catholic Schools Endowment-Trust.
     Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church with Fr. Mark Seiker as celebrant. Burial with military honors will follow in Floral Lawns Memorial Gardens. Odean Colonial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
First published in The North Platte Bulletin print edition on 1/30/2013
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