Joseph F. Girard Sr.

Joseph F. Girard Sr., 82, of Burbank, died Friday, Nov. 11, 2005 at the Sioux Valley Vermillion Care Center in Vermillion.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Vermillion, with Father Rodney Farke officiating.

Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation was held from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, at Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion. A rosary service was held at 7 p.m. Monday and a wake service was held at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the church.

Joseph Girard Sr. was born Dec. 25, 1922 in Jefferson to Adelore and Alphosine Girard. Joe moved with his family to Burbank when he was 5 years old. He attended country school at Burbank #10.

At the age of 12, he left school to begin farm work to help support his family. When he was 19, he worked at a Sioux City, IA packing plant until he had saved enough money to buy his own business.

He was owner/operator of the Pheasant Acres Restaurant at Junction City. He retired at age 50 after suffering a heart attack. Joe loved to garden and is fondly remembered for giving Halloween pumpkins to local children. Joe survived cancer three times and died cancer-free.

He was a member of the Vermillion Eagles and St. Agnes Catholic Church in Vermillion.

He is survived by his wife, Rose, Burbank; a son, Joe Jr., Burbank; a brother, Leonard (Rita) Girard, Woodburn, OR; a sister, Rose Kunkle Kerns, Kansas City, MO; two sisters-in law, Esther Girard, Vermillion and Betty (Virgil) Schmit, Wakonda; a brother-in-law, Harold (Lois) Chartier, Sioux City, IA, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, Leroy, Francis, Robert and Leo; and two sisters, Evelyn Chartier and Dorothy Richardson.

Iverson-Siecke Funeral Home, Vermillion was in charge of arrangements.

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