Alfred R. “Freddie” Brouillette, 78, of 306 S. Second St., Ishpeming, MI, died at his home on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, while under the loving care of his family and UP Home Health and Hospice.
Alfred was born at Calumet Hospital on December 11, 1943, the son of the late Martha Shirley (McCabe) and Alfred Romeo Brouillette.
He attended Calumet High School until enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1960, serving during the Vietnam era in Germany and other countries until his honorable discharge in 1964.
He married Theresa Jokela on November 14, 1964 in Calumet. Alfred also served in the Michigan National Guard with the 107th Engineer Battalion in Ishpeming for 19 years.
Freddy graduated from Westwood High School in 1975, through the Night School Program. Freddy’s professional career began in the Calumet copper mines in the mid-1960s. He moved to Inkster and Ypsilanti to work from 1966 to 1969. In the spring of 1969, he began his career with the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Co. first at the Mather B mine, then moved to the Empire mine, working primarily as a shovel operator. , retired in 2006.
Following his “retirement” he was a bus driver for Ishpeming Public Schools for 10 years, a job Freddy really enjoyed, retiring in 2021 due to ill health.
Alfred was a member of Ishpeming VFW Post #4573 and Greenwood Lillian Larson American Legion Post #114.
Survivors include his wife Theresa R. Brouillette of Ishpeming; three Kevin sons “Soopy” (Laura) Scrambler from Ishpeming; Brent (Stacey) Scrambler of Hazel Green, AL; Ryan (Debbie) Scrambler of Ishpeming; one brother, Bryon Brouillette of Calumet; sisters-in-law – Marilyn Brouillette of Laurium; Paula (Bruce) Simula of Ahmeek; an aunt – Lyn (Richard) Rolain of Ishpeming; grandchildren – Reid, Randy (Jessica), Hoakan (Jillian), Hunter (Alexyss), Chelsey (Shane) and Jordann (Jay); great-grandson, Nathan; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased by his father, Alfred R., his mother, Shirley (McCabe) who died as a young child, and his stepmother, Carolyn; sisters – Vivianne and Cheryl and one brother Glenn.
Interment will take place in Spring/Summer 2023 at the Ishpeming Columbarium with military honors to be bestowed by the UP Funeral Honors Team. A celebration of Freddy’s life will also be scheduled at this time.
Freddy’s obituary can also be viewed at bjorkandzhulkie.com where relatives and friends can leave a note of remembrance.