ONAMIA -- Dr. Robert David Courteau, 79, Onamia, died Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at home.
He was born Nov. 8, 1923, to Elmer and Laura (Dufresne) Courteau. He attended St. Lawrence in Minneapolis from 1929-1937; St. Thomas Academy in St. Paul from 1937-1941; and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul from 1941-1942. He was in the Army from 1942-1947. He attended the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul from 1947-1950. He received a bachelor's degree in pre-medicine. He attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis from 1950-1955 and received his medical degree. He was an intern from 1955 to 1956 at St. Mary's Hospital in Minneapolis. He had general practice in Onamia from 1956 to 1969. He worked from 1969-1970 at the Airport Clinic in Los Angeles. From 1970-1973 he did volunteer medical work on the Driefontein Mission in Gwelo, Rhodesia. He worked from 1973-1975 at the Brainerd State Hospital and Ah Gwah Ching as the medical director. He did his psychiatry residency from 1975-1978 at the University of Minnesota Graduate School. He was the medical director at the Community Mental Health Center in Puyallup, Wash., from 1979-1981. In 1982, he received his board certification on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He worked from 1982-1983 at the Community Mental Health Center in Grand Rapids as a psychiatrist. From 1983-1985 he did volunteer medical work at Camps Bon Vinai and Phinat Nikom in Thailand. In 1984 he was the recipient of the Humanit-arian Award from St. Thomas College. He did volunteer medical work from 1985-1986 in Kingston, Jamaica. He retired from Brainerd Regional Human Services Center in 1985. In 1986, he received the St. Thomas Academy Alumni Award. He was involved in Boy Scouts of America. He was an Eagle Scout. He served on the national board and was the recipient of the Silver Beaver, Parker Scout award and St. George award.
Survivors include his wife, Florence (Biernat) Courteau, Onamia; two sons, Timothy Courteau, St. Paul, and Frank Courteau, Onamia; two daughters, Jayne Classen, Eau Claire, Wis., and Kathleen Lehn, St. Joseph; 10 grandchildren; two brothers, Laurence Courteau, Waverly, and Richard Courteau, Arcadia, Fla.; and two sisters, Jeannette Courteau, Princeton, and Connemara McCullum, Minnetonka.
A brother, Elmer Courteau, died earlier.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Onamia with the Rev. William McNiff officiating. Burial will be in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Onamia at a later date.
Friends may call from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Arrangements are with Shelley Funeral Chapel of Onamia.
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