Eugene N. Gendron

Eugene N. Gendron

NORWAY — Eugene N. Gendron, 90, of Norway, died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, at Freeman Nursing & Rehabilitation Community in Kingsford. He was born on Oct. 11, 1927, in Norway, the son of the late Patrick and Stella (LaVigne) Gendron. He was one of 11 children and was raised in Norway.

Eugene served in the Navy in World War II as a gunner’s mate on the AO 101 USS Cohocton. He could recall the time he served in the Navy with great detail and was always good for a story or two about his adventures. He was a member of the VFW. Eugene was a pipe fitter with Local 111. He was proud of the people he worked with and the jobs he was a part of. Once he retired, he purchased a Wood-Mizer portable saw mill and spent countless hours sawing lumber at various locations. It’s hard to imagine how many lives he was a part of in his 90 years.

Eugene loved to watch westerns and the Green Bay Packers. He was a voracious reader until recently when his eyesight declined. He was most proud of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and will be missed for his quick wit and storytelling.

Eugene married Jeanette (Krueger) Gendron in 1950 and they had four children: Susan, Gail, Gene, and Tina.

In addition to his parents, Eugene was preceded in death by his brothers, Richard and Donald; and his brothers-in-law, Bert Proehl and Leonard Schultz.

Eugene is survived by his former wife, Jeanette Gendron of Kingsford, and his four children: Susan Huotari of Iron Mountain, Gail (James) Stanek of Norway, Gene (Michelle) Gendron of Vulcan, and Tina (Gregg) Noordhoff of Iron Mountain; grandchildren, Melissa (Dan) Wentarmini, Nicholas (Jennifer) Huotari, Luke (Jenny) Huotari, Jacob Carlson, Haley Carlson, Deeann (Ken) Pfister, Dan Haefs, John Haefs, and Alexandria Gendron; many great-grandchildren; siblings, Robert Gendron of Green Bay, Wis., Jeanne Proehl of Rapid River, Rosalind Schultz of Norway, Patrick Gendron of Norway, Gerald (Judy) Gendron of Iron Mountain, George (Diann) Gendron of Norway, William (Shirley) Gendron of Norway, Ronald (Karen) Gendron of Norway; sister-in-law, Joanne Gendron of Norway; and his many nieces and nephews.

A private celebration of Eugene’s life will take place in the spring.

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The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain with the arrangements.