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 graduated in 1950 with honors from 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 his 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 visiting Darla's sister, Connie, and her family.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years; two daughters, Kim French and husband, Doug, and Pam Herl, all of Stockton; his grandchildren, Guy, Heather (Cameron), Amanda French, Courtney (Brian) Carpenter, Charlee Simpson (Aaron) and Stephanie Miner (Josh); 17 great-grandchildren; his 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.