Whitehall, New York – Gus Breault Jr. of Whitehall, New York, passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2022, after a short illness at UVM Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont, surrounded by his family.
Born July 26, 1938, in Granville, New York, he was the son of the late Gus and Agnes (Ketchum) Breault.
On Feb. 1, 1957, Gus enlisted in the United States Air Force and proudly served his country. While working as a foreman at EB Metal, Gus and his father started Gus Breault Well Drilling. Through hard work and perseverance, he was able to become a self-employed business owner and continued to do so for over 40 years.
Gus was an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He worked to hunt. In doing so, he was able to fulfill his dreams of hunting all over North America and proudly displayed his trophies. He also was an avid fan of football, boxing (he boxed in the military) and NASCAR. He even took NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. hunting on his property in Alabama.
In 1966, Gus married Eileen Redmond. Together they had two children Kimberly (Fred) Gonyea and Gus (Jody) Breault, both from Whitehall. Gus cherished his grandchildren and was proudest to be called Papa by Courtney (Josh) Rubrecht, Travis (Katie) Gonyea and Annon Breault. He adored his great-grandchildren Elijah, Libby Rubrecht and Everett Gonyea.
Gus was very lucky to have some special people in his life: His nephew Keith Redmond and wife Michele and their children Matthew and Meghan were always there for him, as well as Wyman “Keith” and Penny Whiting, whom he talked to every day. Gus knew many people and left a lasting impression on everyone he met.
Gus is predeceased by his parents and his brother Corporal Roderick Breault, United States Marine Corps, who was killed in action in Vietnam. He is survived by one brother Raymond (Olive) Breault of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours for family and friends were noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at Jillson Funeral Home Inc., 46 Williams St. in Whitehall. A prayer service immediately followed calling hours. A military graveside burial will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org.