Richard ‘Dick’ “Knuckles” D. Bourdeau

ESCANABA — Richard “Dick” “Knuckles” D. Bourdeau, 77, passed away Monday June 1, 2020, at his home following a lengthy illness with lung cancer.

He was born on Sept. 6, 1942, in Escanaba, Mich., son of Arno and Ida (Hill) Bourdeau. Richard graduated from Escanaba High School, class of 1962.

On Nov. 17, 1962, Richard married Patricia A. Reed in Escanaba.

He was a lifelong resident of the Escanaba area and had a career in construction.

Dick enjoyed gardening, playing baseball and dart ball, enjoying the outdoors while camping and fishing and was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. He savored his time with his friends and family and always enjoyed partying with his signature Jim Beam and Coke.

Family was Dick’s number one. Even through his own fight with cancer, he never let it stop him from caring for his wife who he loved with all his heart.

Among survivors include his wife, Patricia; his children, Jodi Bourdeau (Todd Nelson) of Danforth and Cheri Bourdeau (Brian Gatiss) of Soo Hill; daughter-in-law, Kelly Bourdeau of Gladstone; grandchildren, Tiffany (Kevin), Cassy (Brad), Ashley (Nick), Josh, Tricia (Ross), Christina (Mike), Tony (Lindsay) Chelsea (Jason), Shawna (John), Jack (Brittnee) and Patrick; many great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Robert “Bullet” (Lucy) Bourdeau, Jim “Sam” (Linda) Bourdeau, Patsy Mathe, Judy (Mark) Lippold and Susie (Tom) Ross, all of Escanaba; sisters-in-law, Cathy and Janet Bourdeau; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by an infant son, Mark Bourdeau; son, Richard Jr. Bourdeau; two grandsons, Brandon Peterson and Jesse Bauer; two brothers, Jack Bourdeau, Gary “Jug” Bourdeau, and Dennis “Frog” Bourdeau; and special friend Larry Homernik.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Burial will take place at Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells.

A special thank you to Dick’s brother-in-law, Mark Lippold and neighbors, Brian and Brandy Dubord who lovingly helped Dick and Pat in so many ways before and after the diagnosis of Dick’s cancer.

A card of sympathy may be directed to the Bourdeau family c/o Crawford Funeral Home, 302 S. 13th St. Escanaba, MI 49829.

A message of condolence may be directed to the family by visiting crawfordfuneralhomes.net.