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John Joseph Besson

August 22, 2012
Daily Press

ESCANABA - John Joseph Besson, 84, of 2701 1st Ave. S., Escanaba, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at the Bishop Noa Home where he had resided for the past four months.

He was born on Sept. 14, 1927, in Escanaba, and was the son of Chauncey and Margaret (Desmond) Besson.

John served his country in the United States Army from 1946 until 1948 in Seoul, Korea, during the Korean Conflict. Following his honorable discharge, he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal Japan. Following his service to his country in the United States Army, John returned to graduate from Escanaba High School in June of 1948.

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John Joseph Besson

On June 30, 1951, John married the former Betty Marie Sviland at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Escanaba, Mich. She preceded him in death on Jan. 5, 1988.

John spent most of his working years in Escanaba, employed at the Chicago Northwestern Railroad, Birdseye Veneer, and then for 37 years at Mead Paper Corporation retiring in 1989.

He was a former member of the Elks Lodge, Mead Paper Management Club, and the Escanaba Country Club. He enjoyed traveling and spending a number of winters in the Mesa, Ariz., area.

His hobbies included watching sports, especially Green Bay Packer football, and his true passion was golfing with friends at the Escanaba Country Club for over 30 years. He also enjoyed his time at the casino whether in Escanaba or in Mesa, Ariz., during the winter months.

John Joseph Besson is survived by: his two sons, James (Kathleen) Besson of Charlotte, N.C., and Steven (Debbie) Besson of Escanaba; grandchildren, Andrea and Jenna Besson, Josh (Shannon) Jupe, and Tennille (Josh) Jupe; great-grandchildren, Alexys, Abygail, Allyson, Brody, Kayleigh, Brayden, and Karter. He is also survived by his sisters, Audrey Lamberg and Helen Cousineau, both of Escanaba; brothers-in-law, Ernest LaCarte of Escanaba and Martin Sviland of Lower Michigan; sister-in-law, Rydune Barron of Escanaba; numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, John was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Robert, and sisters, Arlene LaCarte and Mary Young.

The Besson family would like to thank the staff at the Bishop Noa Home for taking care of John over the last four months.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial contribution in memory of John. This contribution may be directed to the Bishop Noa Nursing Home or the Immanuel Lutheran Church. Envelopes are available at the Anderson Funeral Home.

A private family service will be held at a later date with Father Emmett Norden officiating.

Burial will take place in the Lakeview Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy and online condolences may be directed to the Besson family at



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