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Gerard George Menard (1916 - 1992)

Gerard George "Min" Menard
Born in St Eugene, Quebec, Quebec, Canadamap
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Husband of — married 5 May 1942 in St. Anne's Catholic Church, Crookston, Minnesotamap
Father of [private child (1940s - unknown)], and
Died at age 75 in Crookston, Polk Cty, MN, USAmap
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Gerard Menard served in the United States Army in World War II
Service started: Feb 1940
Service ended: Sept 1945

Gerard was born in 1916. He was the son of Louis Ménard and Marie Brisson. He passed away in 1992.[1]

Gerard Menard, age 3, immigrated to the USA on Mar 1920 through the Winnipeg Manitoba border district. He was born at St Eugene, Quebec.[2]

Gerard G Menard's Spouses and Children lived in Crookston, Polk, Minnesota in the 1950 USA Census[3]:

  1. Gladys D Menard - Wife - F - 35 years - born in Minnesota
  2. Kathleen Y Menard - Daughter - F - 3 years - born in Minnesota
  3. Janell D Menard - Daughter - F - 5 years - born in Minnesota
  4. Gail L Menard - Daughter - F - born in August (presumably of 1949 as Census was taken in April 1950) - born in Minnesota - we find Gail Lynn Menard born Aug 1949 at Polk, Minnesota, United States to Gerard Menard and Gladys Boucher.[4]
  5. Gary L Menard - Son - M - born in August - born in Minnesota

Military Service

Gerard G Menard was called up from the National Guard to active duty on 10 Feb 1941 at Crookston, Minnesota, United States. He became a Private in the U.S. Army. During WWII he served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and also in Germany and France in the European Theater of operations.[5]


Find a Grave published the following obituary[6][1]

"Gerard G. (Min) Menard, 75, longtime, well-known Crookston resident died early Tuesday morning, October 6, 1992 at the Riverview Hospital in Crookston, Minnesota.

"Min was born at St. Eugene in the Province of Quebec, Canada on October 14, 1916, the son of Louis and Domithilde (Brisson) Menard. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith and came to Gentilly, Minnesota in the 1920 with his mother and sisters, following the death of his father. Min first attended elementary school in Gentilly and later at Cathedral School in Crookston. From 1935 until 1938 he served with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) at Brimson, Minnesota located north of Duluth. He then was employed by Standard Oil in Crookston. Min joined the National Guard in September of 1940 and in February of 1941 he was called to active duty with the U.S. Army. During WWII he served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and also in Germany and France in the European Theater of operations. While home on leave he was united in marriage to Gladys Denise Boucher on May 5, 1942 at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Crookston. Min returned to Crookston following his discharge in September of 1945 and began working for his brother in law Leo Boucher at Crookston Farm Supply. In February of 1949 he began employment with the U.S. Postal Service, a career that would last for over twenty five years until his retirement on April 19, 1974. In semi-retirement Min had been employed by the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home. He was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception parish, and was a lector, lay leader, and former member of the St. Anne's Church Choir. For several years Min was active in the Cursillo, the St. Anne's Men's Club, and the Knights of Columbus. He was a member and past-commander of American Legion Post #20, a member and past-Chef de Gare of the 40 & 8, a member of the VFW Post #1902, a member of the International War Veterans Alliance and a member of the DAV. Min had been a member of the Crookston Eagles Aerie since 1939, and belonged to the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, the CCC National Association and the AARP.

"Family members include his wife, Gladys; a son and daughter in law, Gary and Susan Menard of Crookston; four daughters and three sons in law, Janelle and Adam (Carl) Gaber of Angus, Minnesota, Kathleen and David Brule of Grentilly, Minnesot, Gail and Dwain Carlson of Warroad, Minnesota and Bonita Olson of Crookston; fifteen grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two sisters, Fabiola Boucher and Cecile Kerns both of Crookston; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. Min was preceded in death by an infant son, Steven Joseph, who died on April 29, 1953; his parents, and two brothers in law, Leo Boucher and John Kerns."

Research notes

Adam Gerard Gaber was born 26 May 1973 in Polk, Minnesota, United States to Adam Carl Gaber and Janelle Denise Menard.[7]

Miscellaneous Facts [8]

  • Fact: Immigration 1920
  • Fact: Residence (1935) Crookston, Polk, Minnesota
  • Fact: Residence (1 Apr 1940) Crookston, Polk, Minnesota, USA
  • Fact: Residence (1986) Crookston, MN
  • Fact: Residence Canada
  • Fact: Residence Polk, Minnesota


  1. 1.0 1.1 Find A Grave: Memorial #49540659
  2. "United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956", database, FamilySearch ( : 14 November 2019), Gerard Menard, 1920.
  3. United States 1950 Census
  4. "Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002," database, FamilySearch ( : 6 May 2014), Gerard Menard in entry for Gail Lynn Menard, 08 Aug 1949; from "Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002," database, Ancestry ( : 2004); citing Polk, Minnesota, United States, Minnesota Department of Health, Minneapolis.
  5. "United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946," database, FamilySearch ( : 5 December 2014), Gerard G Menard, enlisted 10 Feb 1941, Crookston, Minnesota, United States; citing "Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946," database, The National Archives: Access to Archival Databases (AAD) ( : National Archives and Records Administration, 2002); NARA NAID 1263923, National Archives at College Park, Maryland.
  6. "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 13 October 2021), Gerard G Or Min Menard, North Dakota, United States, 07 Oct 1992; from "Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 - Today)," database, ( : 2014); citing Grand Forks Herald, born-digital text.
  7. "Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002," database, FamilySearch ( : 4 December 2014), Janelle Denise Menard in entry for Adam Gerard Gaber, 26 May 1973; from "Minnesota Birth Index, 1935-2002," database, Ancestry ( : 2004); citing Polk, Minnesota, United States, Minnesota Department of Health, Minneapolis.
  8. "Public Member Trees", database, ( : accessed 1 January 2018), profile for Gerard George Menard.Mar 1920) recorded in the Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada district

DNA confirmation of written record

  • Paternal relationship is confirmed with an AncestryDNA test match between first cousins once removed Jim Wiborg and J. Menard. Predicted relationship reported by AncestryDNA: 2nd Cousins based on sharing 330 centimorgans shared across 21 DNA segments; Confidence: Extremely High. Since these lines descend through different mothers, it is the paternal link which is confirmed.

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