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Placid Raoul Goulet

October 26, 1923 - August 17, 2020

Obituary For Placid Raoul Goulet

Roy peacefully passed away on Monday, August 17, 2020. He was born in Ely, Minnesota on October 26, 1923 to parents Raoul D. Goulet, and Emma E. (Startz) Goulet. He was the eldest of four siblings.

Living in the Calumet Location in northern Minnesota had it perks for a young boy... fishing in the lakes in summer, canoeing in the boundary waters, and hunting in the forest in the winter. There his family endured the years of the great depression, his father working in the mines, and his mother fashioned a comfortable and stable home, with plenty of delicious meals. During those years Roy and his brother Dave , along with their father, cut and hauled birch and poplar from the forest to warm their family home. Both boys had paper and milk delivery routes, and occasionally would sneak in the back door of the local movie theater to save a nickel. Yes, he was a saver! Roy enjoyed a simple, yet stimulating boyhood.

He graduated from Memorial High School in June 1942. The following year he and brother Dave joined the Navy to serve in World War II. Sister Patricia also joined the service bringing her nursing skills to the wounded. It was during those years that he obtained a degree in engineering, providing his skills and ability for fine details. Roy met his future bride, Dorothy (Dottie) Marie Blechshmidt in Beloit, WI where they were married in July, 1949. Later in 1952 Roy and Dottie, along with their first born, Launce (Lonnie), moved out west to Camas, WA, where Roy was employed by Crown Zellerbach at the Camas Mill as a mechanical engineer, solving problems and trouble shooting on the paper machines. There they born two more children, Bruce and Denise.

The Goulet family enjoyed countless hours of fun on their family outings along the Columbia River, and later family vacations at Priest Lake, Idaho. So many great memories. In 1963 Roy moved his family to South Seattle, being transferred to the Crown Z's Central Engineering Office. During his employment with CZ he had the opportunity of traveling to Holland and Chili to resolve machine issues. He also traveled to several locations within the US, and was provided further engineering education while at CZ. After retiring from CZ he was employed by the firm of Wright Schuchart for one year before starting his own firm of PRG Consultants, continuing to remedy engineering issues for the paper mills. Many of the family's greatest memories will always be the home he built in Cannon Beach, OR. Countless years of happiness at the Beach. After losing his precious Dottie in 2016, he eventually moved into independent living at Wesley Terrace in Des Moines, WA , where he socialized with many new friends, enjoyed creative activities, aggressively and adeptly played his many exciting computer games (often playing into the wee hours of the morning), and watching all his old time movie favorites.

He was an avid e-mailer, creating an enormous bank of email buddies. Roy was a kind and attentive husband, a loving father and an enjoyable friend. He was a humble man, a well respected man, both intelligent and humorous. He lived a long, full and happy life in which he treasured his family and friends. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Roy is survived by sons Lonnie ( wife, Annie), and Bruce ( wife, Sandy). He was preceded in death by daughter Denise.

There will be no memorial service at his request; however, his children will gather at a later date to celebrate his life and share many loving memories. May you rest in peace together Dad, Mom and Denise.

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Next door neighbor in Cannon Beach, we always enjoyed the visits from Roy & Dottie. We will miss him.
- D. & D. Bonn
While I never got the honor of meeting Placid, I do know his 2 sons. I also had the privilege of reading his sisters book about their childhood and felt as if I could glimpse their adventurous and ingenious childhood. My sincere condolence's on the loss of your father Bruce and Lonnie along with his two daughters in law, Sandy and Annie. I know you will be missed. Rest easy.
- Wendy

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