Leon John Gendron, age 84, of 417 Wisconsin Ave. in Gladstone, passed away Friday, April 19, 2019 at his home. He was born on March 7, 1935 in Gladstone, the son of Charles and Rose (Van Damme) Gendron. Leon was raised and graduated from Gladstone High School in 1953. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1953 and served his country until he was honorably discharged in 1955. Leon married the former Marilyn Pearson on October 27, 1956 and she preceded him in death on November 16, 2015. Together, the couple shared 59 years of marriage and raised 4 children. Leon was an excellent meat cutter and was employed at various stores throughout the Gladstone and Escanaba area including; the Red Owl, Mel and Elmer’s Grocery Store, Joe Bushey Meats, Roundy’s Market, Johnson’s Meat Packing, and lastly, Viau’s Market until his retirement. He loved being outdoors, especially going to camp and hunting with his brothers. In his younger years, Leon also enjoyed bowling and golfing. Leon found joy in the little things and one could often find him “tinkering” in his garage. He was a member of the Gladstone Yacht Club, and an avid Detroit Lions and Tigers fan.
Leon John Gendron is survived by daughters, Mary (Randy) Sanville of Manistique, and Lori Gendron of Wilson; son, Joe (Marybeth) Gendron of Gladstone; grandchildren, Darcy Berg, Shannon Gendron, Clifford Boggs, Zachary Sanville, and Aimee Gendron; 4 great-grandchildren; 3 brothers, Charles (Marilyn) Gendron of Stonington, Lewis (Barb) Gendron of Gladstone, and John Gendron of Gladstone; as well as many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, Leon was preceded in death by his 2-year-old son, Timothy Gendron; and one brother, Harvey Gendron.
Private family services are being held at the Anderson Funeral Home in Gladstone. Burial will take place in Fernwood Cemetery.