Gerald ‘Jerry’ LeClaire

ROCK, Mich. — Gerald “Jerry” LeClaire, 83, of Rock, passed away Saturday evening, Jan. 27, 2018, at Christian Park Village in Escanaba.

Gerald was born Dec. 10, 1934, in Escanaba, the son of Dona and Ada (Belanger) LeClaire. He was raised in Rock and was a 1953 graduate of Rock High School. Following high school, Gerald was drafted into the United States Army where he served in Germany until his honorable discharge. On Nov. 30, 1963, he was united in marriage to the former Leta June Polsgrove-Lacy and together the couple made their home and raised their family in Flushing, Mich. Jerry was the superintendent for Genesee County Road Commission until his retirement in 1986. Jerry and Leta then returned to the Upper Peninsula where they have resided in Rock since. He then took a position as a bus driver for Mid-Peninsula School District, where he was loved and respected. His hobbies included spending time outdoors hunting, feeding his pet deer, making maple syrup, gardening, playing cards and was an avid Detroit Lions and Tigers fan. Additionally, he loved to spend time with his family and will be deeply missed by all.

Gerald is survived by his wife, Leta; son, Jimmy (Kathy) Lacy of Abilene, Texas; daughters, Renee (Kevin) Westlund of Rock, Mich., Marsha (Lee) Tarrant of Clearfield, Utah, Debra (Blayne) Marsh of Davison, Mich.; brother, Lionel (Brenda) LeClaire of Lapeer, Mich.; sisters, Mary Sevo of Flint, Mich., Eunice (Kelly) Elledge of Rock, Mich. Also surviving is Jerry’s sister-in-law, Barb LeClaire, and his loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dona and Ada; son, Robert Lacy; granddaughter, Jennifer M. Lacy; brothers, Bernard and Ralph LeClaire; nephews, John and Tom LeClaire; brother-in-law, Jim Sevo.

Family will receive friends on Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Funeral services will follow visiting hours on Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone with Rev. Fr. Brian Gerber of All Saints Church officiating. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting with arrangements. Memorial contributions in Jerry’s name may be directed to Christian Park Village. Envelopes will be available throughout visiting hours. Messages of condolence may be offered online at