Phillip "Phil" James Goulet

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  • Name: Phillip "Phil" James Goulet
  • Location of Birth: Grand Rapids, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: June 14, 1937
  • Date of Death: April 7, 2018 (80 years old)
  • Parents: Noah Goulet and Mary (Sadlier) Goulet
  • High School and Class: Greenway High School - Coleraine, Minnesota
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  • Highest Rank: SH 3 (Ship's Serviceman Petty Officer 3rd Class)
  • Branch: Navy
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    At the age of 17, Phil enlisted in the United States Navy.

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    Phillip was the youngest of seven children. He grew up in Coleraine and attended Greenway High School where he competed in ski jumping.

    After serving his country, Phil returned to the Iron Range to earn his high school diploma.

    Phil married Margaret (Mugs) Humphrey in December, 1963 and had one son, James. In October of 1969, he married RoxAnne Heegard in St. Paul, Minnesota. They had two sons, Michael and David, before returning to the Iron Range. Three years later, they had a third son, Jason.

    Throughout his life, Phil worked many different jobs including time as a private investigator in Minneapolis, Minnesota and a control operator for Hanna Mining Company near Hibbing, Minnesota. After the mining company closed in 1986, the family moved to Warroad, where Phil started work at Marvin Windows and Doors. He retired in 1999.

    Phil enjoyed watching hockey, hunting, fishing, camping, tinkering with cars, visiting with friends, playing practical jokes, and refurbishing antiques. He loved all dogs, especially his childhood dog, Laddie. He took great pride in his sons, their wives, and his fourteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He rarely missed their events and he delighted in telling them stories about his dad's barber shop, the Navy, and the iron mines.

    Phil served as a member of the Taconite Legion and was also a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Warroad, Minnesota.

    He is survived by his four sons; James (Colleen) Lamke, Michael (Crystal), David (Amanda), and Jason (Lisa); fourteen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sister, Theresa Theobald; and a brother, Keith (Lou).

    He is preceded in death by his parents; Noah and Mary Goulet, parents-in-law; Harley and Bernette Heegard; brothers, Francis "Frenchy" (Mary) and Patrick "Pat"; and sisters, Jane Emsley and Yvonne (Artin) Kussian.

    Phil passed away at Warroad Senior Living Center in Warroad, Minnesota. He is buried in Good Shepherd Cemetery at Angle Inlet in Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota.

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