Idris James Marcotte, 87, Witcherville, Ark., died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, at his home. 

He was born Feb. 28, 1931, in Zurich to John and Rosa (Balthazor) Marcotte.

He married Marietta Meis in 1959. They established their home between Zurich and Plainville.  In 1976, they moved the family to South Sebastian County where he contracted, built and sold several homes before retiring to Witcherville. He started working construction in 1949 for Harry Hamel Construction and returned to that job after the service. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Korea from 1953 to1955. 

In retirement, he enjoyed attending sporting events in which his grandchildren and great-grandchildren participated.

He was a charter member of the Northwest Scott County Fire Department and St. Leo Catholic Church in Hartford, where he served on the church council for several years.

Survivors include his wife, of 59 years; a son, Paul Marcotte, Huntington; two daughters, Mary Radley and husband, Gary, Hartford and Treva Edwards and husband, Lewis, Mansfield; a brother, Arvon Marcotte , Nebraska City, Neb.; a sister, Gloria Hamel, El Dorado; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and a great-great- grandchild on the way. 

Services will be at noon Friday at St. Leo Catholic Church, Hartford; burial in U.S. National Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. at McConnell Funeral Home, Greenwood.

Memorials are suggested to Arkansas Children’s Northwest Hospital, 2601 Gene George Blvd., Springdale, AR  72762.

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