Emile Joseph Courtain was born January 31, 1926 in Danville, IL to Emil and Helen Courtain. His father immigrated to the U.S. from Belgium in the late 1890's and later fought in World War I. In May of 1943, Emile joined the Marine Corp, eventually participating in action on Guam, Okinawa and in the occupation of Japan. During his tour of duty, he was a rifle sharpshooter and a demolition expert. Upon his discharge, he attended the University of Illinois and eventually went to work for AT&T. One of his early duties with the "Phone Company" was to help install the first line of communications in Alaska and the first defense radar system in that part of the country. He would retire from the Southern, CA office of AT&T in 1986 as a district supervisor and then move to Paradise, CA to enjoy his retirement years with his wife, Shirley. He met his wife Shirley (Storch) in Faribault, MN and they were married on June 26, 1949. They just recently celebrated 61 years of marriage in June of 2010.
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Emile passed away July 13, 2010 and he leaves behind four children, Rocky (Michelle), Rory (Marilyn), Robin, and Royal (Cindy); nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, July 31, 2010 at Our Savior Lutheran Church on Pentz Road in Paradise. A brief reception at the church will follow.
Published in Paradise Post from July 27 to Aug. 27, 2010