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Harold O. Baillargeon, 74

At age 74 and surrounded by love of family and close friends, Harold passed away peacefully at his home in Somerset, Wis., Aug. 13, after a valiant fight against bile-duct cancer. His painful days are over, his restless nights have passed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Lena, and wife Rose.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Ilene; and by his children: Michele (Sean) Moore, Denise (Pat) Tillges, Denise (Karl Erickson) Johnson, Lisa (Miguel) Rodriquez, Erica Johnson, Angela (Pete) White, and Marie (Mike) Peterson. He is survived by grandchildren Patrick, Katherine, Matthew, Stephen, Thomas and Daniel Moore; Mitchell and Bronte Tillges; Paige (Johnson) Bierbrauer; Christina Rodriguez; Tyler Johnson; Jared, Kacie and Michael White; and Gage and Chase Peterson. He is survived by siblings Marlin (Lona) Baillargeon, Mary (Joe) Greiser, Ken (Bonnie) Baillargeon, Ron (Vicki) Baillargeon, Wayne (Sandra) Baillargeon, Regis (Dan) Johnson, Steve (Rochelle) Baillargeon, and Sharon (Joe) Balow. Also surviving is his best friend of 55 years, Gary (Judy) Anderson.

Harold and family have so appreciated having our friend Jason Jones here to help. As everyone who knows Harold, he is smiling down at us this moment, full of love and grace. Harold attended college at Stevens Point, Wis., and then enlisted in the Army as a medic in Germany during the Vietnam War. For 38 years, Harold was employed in St. Paul as a purchasing agent and manager for a paper company. He retired in 2002 and enjoyed the rest of his years on the Apple River with Ilene, children, relatives, and many friends.

Cullen Crea Funeral Home, New Richmond, Wis., is handling funeral arrangements. Harold wished to be cremated. Visitation without viewing will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at St. Anne's Fellowship Hall in Somerset, Wis. A Mass will follow at the church at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon in the basement.

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