Joseph Albert Cadoret, 88, Manhattan, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 at The Good Shepherd Hospice House, Manhattan.

He was born July 29, 1931, in Stockton. He was a 1950 graduate of Stockton High School.

He married Darla Baxter on Nov. 18, 1951, in Stockton. He was a retired auto mechanic and postal carrier, active in his church and community as a Stockton Police Officer, fireman, EMT, mayor of Stockton and school bus driver. He served in the U.S. Army for two years.  

He was a hard worker who loved the challenges of being a mechanic and working alongside his brother, Francis, at Cadoret Oil Company. He followed in the footsteps of his father-in-law, Charles Baxter, as a rural mail carrier and daughter, Kim French, is the third generation of postal carriers. Following their retirement, he and his wife enjoyed spending many winter seasons in their motorhome in Arizona.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years; two daughters, Kim French and husband, Doug, and Pam Herl, all of Stockton; grandchildren, Guy, Heather and husband, Cameron, Amanda French, Courtney Carpenter and husband, Brian, Charlee Simpson and husband, Aaron, and Stephanie Miner and husband, Josh; 17 great-grandchildren; grand puppy, Nellie; a sister, Ruth Johnson; a sister-in law, Betty Cadoret; and a brother-in law, Gene Dussault.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Bill, Archie and Francis Cadoret; two sisters, Elizabeth Dussault and Clara Belle Brelsford; and a great-granddaughter, Graycee Carpenter.

At his request no service will be held.

Memorials are suggested to Rooks County Transportation and Good Shepherd Hospice House. Darla resides at of 2123 Meadowlark Rd., Apt. 137, Manhattan, KS 66502.

Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, Manhattan, is in charge of arrangements.