Leroy James Brazeau
GLADSTONE — Leroy James Brazeau, 71, of Gladstone, passed away Saturday evening, May 12, 2018, at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba.
Leroy was born March 13, 1947, to Oliver and Violet (Dieter) Brazeau and was raised in Escanaba by Henry and Anna Mae (Peltier) King, who were known as Leroy’s parents. Leroy was a 1966 graduate of Holy Name High School. In December of 1966, Leroy enlisted in the United States Navy where he served during the Vietnam War. While in service, Leroy received medals of commendation which included the National Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Vietnam Service Medal with Two Bronze Stars and the Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device. In May of 1969, Leroy was proud to have served aboard the USS Princeton on the historical recovery mission for Apollo Saturn 10.
Upon his honorable discharge in 1970, Leroy returned home and was united in marriage to the former Judy Switzer on Dec. 18, 1970, at St. Charles Church in Rapid River. Together Leroy and Judy made their home and raised their family in Escanaba. Leroy loved to go hunting. In his later years he was a member of the “Wheelin Sportsman” and was successful in bagging several bucks. He was also an avid Detroit Lions fan, but especially loved cheering for his grandchildren at their sporting events.
In addition to his loving wife Judy, Leroy is survived by: son, Jeff (Judy) Brazeau; daughters, Melissa (Duane Boursaw) Brazeau, Kristen (Nick) Sandstrom; brother, Robert Brazeau; sisters, Donna McMartin, Cheryl Schauffler, Marcia Antol and Janice O’Driscoll; grandchildren, Amanda (Rob), Breyanna (KC), Mike, Caitlin, Zachary, Michael and Aubrie. Leroy is also survived by his great-grandson Frederick and one great-grandchild on the way in addition to his many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Leroy was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver, Violet, Henry and Anna Mae, and his brothers, Mark King and Harold Brazeau.
Family will receive friends on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Military rites will follow visiting hours at 4 p.m. on Thursday at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone with the Gladstone American Legion August Mattson Post 71 presiding. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 5 p.m. on Thursday at All Saints Church with Rev. Fr. Brian Gerber officiating. Luncheon will follow in the All Saints Parish Hall. Leroy will be laid to rest in the Fernwood Cemetery. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting with arrangements. Memorial contributions in Leroy’s name may be directed to The Wheelin Sportsman. Envelopes will be available throughout visitation. Messages of condolence may be offered online at www.skradskifuneralhomes.com