John Henry Beaumier, MDAugust 29, 1931 ~ May 23, 2017 (age 85)
John Henry Beaumier, MD, age 85, passed away peacefully after a long and courageous battle with heart disease in Duluth, MN. He was born on August 29, 1931 in Escanaba, the youngest child of Henry Joseph and Lillian Helen (Belenger) Beaumier’s 6 children. John attended Northern Michigan University from 1950 to 1954 where he majored in Chemistry and played as a linebacker for the football team. After graduating from college, John enrolled at the Marquette University School of Medicine, where he earned his Doctor of Medicine Degree in 1958. While in medical school, John was enrolled in the Navy's Ensign Program. He completed his internship and worked as a physician for the U.S. Navy until 1962. His naval career included assignments as a medical doctor at naval hospitals in New London, CT; Portsmouth, VA; the Island of Crete in the Mediterranean Sea; The USS Intrepid; and the Great Lakes Naval Hospital in IL. It was during this period that John married his wife of 58 years, Mary Jane McKenna The two were wed on July 2, 1958.
After fulfilling his military obligation, John successfully completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He would spend the next 35 years as a highly respected orthopedic surgeon in Marshfield, WI; Grand Forks, ND; and Rochester, MN, where he finished his career as a staff physician for the Department of Orthopedics at the Mayo Clinic.
During his decades-long career, he impacted the lives of many patients and their families, earning their respect as well as the respect of his physician and nurse colleagues. Before his retirement, he also led five overseas medical missions, providing orthopedic surgical care and equipment to the impoverished people of Bangladesh. He also took opportunity during these missions to teach and instruct young Bangladeshi doctors the orthopedic skills necessary to care for their own people. His dedication and humble demeanor allowed him to positively impact the lives of so many people in so many ways. He will truly be missed by those who knew him well.
John Henry Beaumier is survived by his children, Jack G. Beaumier, Anne Beaumier Ritz, Patrick J. Beaumier, MD, Michael J. Beaumier, Matthew H. Beaumier, JD, Fr. Casey C. Beaumier, SJ, Colin W. Beaumier, and Katie Beaumier Ryan; and thirteen grandchildren, Madeline, Devin, Zoe, David, Michaela, Evan, Julia, Nicholas, Henry, Claire, Abby, Maggie and John.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Paul McKenna Beaumier.
Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 27, 2017 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Escanaba. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, at St. Joseph & St. Patrick Catholic Church with Father Casey C. Beaumier officiating. A luncheon will be served afterward in the church fellowship hall. Burial and military rites by the Delta County Veteran’s Council will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, in Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery.