MADISON, Wis. - George A. Auger, 82, a resident of Houghton, passed away suddenly at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, Wis., Wednesday evening Oct. 10, 2012.
He was born on Dec. 17, 1929, in South Range, Mich., a son of the late George and Eva (Chaput) Auger. George was a graduate of Jeffers High School.
Mr. Auger moved to Milwaukee, Wis., after high school where he was employed with a machine shop.
George was a veteran having served with the United States Army during the Korean War in Korea and Guam. Following his time in the service, George returned to the Copper Country to make his home.
On June 7, 1958, he was united in marriage to the former Delores Ciucci. The couple first resided in South Range and for the past 49 years had made their home in Houghton.
Locally, Mr. Auger was employed with the Upper Peninsula Power Company where he loved to work, first as a groundsman and retiring as a coal truck driver after 38 years.
Mr. Auger was a member of St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church of Houghton, and a former member of the V.F.W. and Knights of Columbus.
He enjoyed woodworking, working on projects around the house and was the family bus driver helping whenever he could. He was the definition of a family man, was very proud of his children and grandchildren and loved them immensely. George was always available to lend a helping hand whenever he was needed.
Preceding him in death were his grandson Brett Dennis Sten, his parents, and his siblings; Bertha Lewis, Elmer Auger, Joseph Auger, Henry Auger, Marguerite Lazzari, Marie Lewis and Eva Fountain.
Surviving are: his wife Delores Auger of Houghton; his children: Cheryl (Michael) Simons of Houghton, Steven (Jill) Auger of Houghton and Todd (Kerry) Auger of Calumet; his grandchildren: Lauren Sten, Jared Simons, Zachary Simons and Race Auger; his sisters: Antoinette Pratt, a resident of the Bluffs Senior Living Community and Irene Bebeau of Sheboygan, Wis.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; his in-laws: George (Peg) Lazzari of Chassell, Alfred (Anita) Ciucci of Redding, Calif., Norma Nuottila of Hancock, Louis (Karen) Ciucci of Forest Lake, Minn., and Peter (Joan) Ciucci of South Range; lifelong friends: Dan and Jean Kirkish and Jim and Mary Sue Monette.
A memorial service for George will be held 11 a.m. Thursday Oct. 18, 2012, at St. Ignatius Loyola Catholic Church of Houghton with Fr. John Martignon to celebrate. Burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery of Houghton, where the Copper Country Veterans Association will hold military rites.
Friends may call on Thursday Oct. 18, 2012, from 9 a.m. until time of services at the church.
George's family would like to thank Jeff "Jackie" and LaVonne Fountain for their courageous help and support given to Delores and the family at this difficult time in their lives.
To view George's obituary or to send condolences to the family please visit www.plowefuneralhome.com.
The Plowe Funeral Home of Houghton has been assisting the family with the arrangements.