Joseph Paul Gerard Hetu (1928 - 2012)

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Our Lord has called our loved one "Paul" home after complications from a stroke. He passed away on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012 at the Gallatin Rest Home where he was treated with great love and respect.

Paul was born in a French Canadian neighborhood in Webster, Mass. on July 30, 1928. He joined the Merchant Marines at the age of 15, then served with the National Guard, before proudly serving in the service of the United States Army in the Korean War. Paul taught music before earning his engineering degree at Central New England College in Worcester, Mass. and was a talented musician. Paul moved his family to the West coast after seeing the sunshine and blue skies of California.

Paul worked as a manufacturing engineer for Boeing in Seattle as well as Lockheed and General Dynamics in California. He worked on many aerospace and military defense projects including Boeing 727, Lockheed L1011, and Phalanx Defense projects.

Paul married Jeanette Luckey Steingruber and lived in California for 14 years, then moved to Three Forks, Mont. Paul loved Montana and was an active member of his church and Commander of the American Legion Post #93 for three years. He was well-liked in the community and loved playing his keyboard for church functions, nursing homes, parties and just for pleasure. Paul served as chairman for the Sacajawea Statue Committee in Three Forks.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanette; his children, Chris, George, Jennifer, Wendy and Martin; as well as three grandchildren, Jason, Kevyn, and Brandon; and four great-grandchildren, Angie, Alex, and twins, Olivia and Zoe. Through marriage to Jeanette he acquired four stepchildren, Gary Luckey, Vernon Luckey, Norm Luckey, and Wanda Luckey of Murrieta, Calif. plus grandchildren, Brandon Luckey, Matt Luckey and Sheri Cooper all of Billings, and one granddaughter, Chelsea "Babe" Ellingson of San Diego.

Funeral services will be held at the Grace Lutheran Church in Three Forks on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in the Mount Green Cemetery at Willow Creek.

Donations can be made to Grace Lutheran Church or the American Legion.

K&L Mortuaries of Three Forks assisting with arrangements.
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Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 21, 2012
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