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400 S 10th St. - Escanaba, Michigan 49829
West 3755 US 2 - Spalding, Michigan 49886
Gordon Le Clair
Date of Death: May, 24 2020

          Gordon Le Clair of Escanaba passed away on May 24, 2020 at his home.  He was born February 13, 1930, the son of Arthur and Helen Le Claire of Schaffer.  He moved to Escanaba at the age of 18 and graduated from Escanaba High School in 1948.  After High school he attended Cloverland College. He enlisted in the Army August 31, 1948 and served as a cook until June 12, 1952 when he was honorably discharged.  While still in the Army, on October 15, 1950 he married Mary Loritz and they lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
          After being discharged from the service they moved into the Loritz homestead in Soo Hill.  Mary and Gordon built a new home on the Soo Hill road near the school and moved into it in 1971.  Gordon loved to hunt and do woodworking.  He showed his woodworking skills by making birch kitchen cabinets for their new home.  His nicknames were “Gordy” and “Putzky” because he was always keeping busy and loved to fix things (cars). He worked at the Escanaba Paper Company (Mead) retiring in 1992.
          Among his survivors are Sisters Beverly Wellman of Green Bay, WI, Janice (Gary) Van Enkevort of Cedar River Mi., Patricia (Dan) Martenson of Charlevoix Mi. and a brother Gary (Linda) Le Claire of Saint Petersburg Florida.  His Children are Kathryn (David) Couchene of Escanaba, MI., Cheryl (Todd) Sommer of Little Canada, MN, and Mark (Diane) LeClair of St. Charles, MN. He has 6 grandchildren Brian Couchene of Newark, Ohio, Elizabeth (Richard) Hebl of Chaska, MN, Ashley (Drew) Sibr of Genoa NV., Wesley (Courtney) Sommer of Ham Lake, MN, James LeClair of St. Charles, MN and Anthony LeClair of La Crosse, WI.  His four Great Grandchildren are Anna Hebl, Valerie Hebl, Alexander Sibr and Finnian Sibr.  His wife Mary passed away May 15, 1986. 
          Gordon married Theresa (Sloan) Hanson on June 13, 1987 and they lived in the city of Escanaba. His step sons are Dennis (Diane) Hanson, Matt (Kelly) Hanson, foster son: Kenny (Lynn) Casperson. His step daughters are Judy (David) Cmejla, Patty (David) Lindstrom, Nancy (Steve) Warner and step-daughter-in-law: Kathy Hanson. His step Grandchildren are Scott (Tammy) Hanson, Ted (Amber) Hanson, Jason (Leah) Hanson, Tammy (Tom) Jarema, Jamie (Julie) Hanson, Kimberly Williams, Brent (Lauren) Hanson, Lucas (Julie) Hanson, Travis (Margaret) Hanson, Tyler (Devon) Hanson, Alicia (Andrew) Sturdy, Melissa Hanson, Kaylee (Chase) Lovejoy, Alex Lindstrom, Derek Lindstrom, Lance Lindstrom, Holly (Andy) Miron, Mandy Lindstrom, Heidi (Jeff) Prevost, Miranda Warner, Ryan (Alyce)Warner, Spencer Wentland, Brandon (Erin) Wentland, Alli Butcher, Reid (Shanda) Cmejla, Brad (April) Cmeila, Chad (Tricia) Cmejla and Rick Cmejla. He has 61 step Great Grandchildren.
          He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur and Helen Le Claire, sister Valerie Polequin Swank, infant brother Ligure, brother in-law Robert Wellman, and step son Michael Hanson.    
          Services at this time will be private for the family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anne's Church with Fr. Francis DeGroot officiating. Burial will take place in the Holy Cross Cemetery.
          The Allo Coolman Funeral Homes are assisting the Le Clair family.
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  • "Our deepest sympathy. Gordon, Putski-as our boys called him with sincere respect because he was always keeping busy doing things, was a wonderful man. He was the Grandpa that lived here that came to their sporting events, birthday parties, and we could always stop by the house to say Hi! He was kind, sincere, and compassionate. We are all going to miss him. We feel blessed that we had Putski in our lives for as long as we did. Love, Matt & Kelly "
    -Kelly Hanson

  • "We loved you so much grandpa! Thanks for being there for my kids and for my family. We were lucky that you and grandma met and loved each other!!! Rest in peace "
    -Holly Miron

  • "Sorry to hear about Gordy's passing. I have know him for many years. Over the years on occasion he would mention the fact that he was a pallbearer. at who would be my older brother. Jack who passed away at just under 2 years of age of pneumonia. He would also mention the names of the other pallbearers, Mel Taylor was the only one I can remember. I never thought of his age at any of those times but as I read the obit I realized he was only 10 years old at that time. It must have been something to see 10 year olds as pallbearers. I will miss Gordy and his Schaffer stories of a long time ago. Buckshot "
    -Joseph Potvin (BS)

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