VULCAN — Don LeBombard, 66, of Vulcan, died unexpectedly, Saturday, July 7, 2018, as a result of a car accident in Vulcan.
He was born on Nov. 2, 1951, in Chicago, middle son of the late Clifford and Margaret (Urek) LeBombard.
Don was raised primarily in Hermansville and graduated from Hermansville High School in 1969.
He married Sheryl Lardenoit on Oct. 6, 1987, in Sandwich, Mass.
Don was a woodsman for many years before becoming a construction laborer and millwright, working primarily for the C.R. Meyer Company of Oshkosh, Wis., until his retirement in 2014. He was a member of the Carpenters & Millwrights Local 1510.
Don was a member of St. Marys Church in Norway, a Fourth Degree Knight, active with the Holy Spirit Council 9523 and was a longtime usher at church.
For many years, Don was admired and respected as a union millwright and had many friends at the various paper mills he worked at on shutdowns and construction projects. He used his talents after retirement on projects for his home parish of St. Marys Norway, St. Barbaras Vulcan, and Holy Spirit School. Whether patching concrete, changing out light fixtures or prepping food for fundraisers, Don was the kind of volunteer everybody knew they could count on. He was also a great neighbor both at home and at the cottage, assisting with whatever he could to lighten the load of others.
Don was a beloved partner in a hunting camp: “Camp 41,” and a big part of many great memories made there. His presence will be deeply missed by those that remain. He also enjoyed fishing off the cottage dock for bluegill and with his brother-in law Fran. A former woodsman, Don loved looking for morels and wild asparagus. This year he shared the bounty for weeks with family, friends and neighbors. There will be a lot of unpicked asparagus next year as a result of his loss!
Don was an extraordinary partner to his wife. Always up for an adventure, they made so many memories with other hockey families during their son’s hockey years, on family fishing trips to Canada, anniversary trips, dinner clubs, winter adventures and just hanging out at the cottage.
He was also a great dad, doing everything he could for his three boys. They are the caring and capable men they are today largely due to his influence. Most of all they will know how to take care of their mom.
Don left this earth the very best version of himself. His faith journey over the last couple of years was remarkable, and he was becoming a healthier, gentler soul on his journey “home.” We are so grateful he left this earth as a happy and well-loved man and we pray he was welcomed home by our Lord. Thank you to all for the love shared during his time on earth.
Don is survived by his wife, Sheri LeBombard; three sons, Chris (Laura) LeBombard of Waukesha, Wis., Cody and Connor LeBombard, both of Norway; grandson, Jacob LeBombard; brothers and sisters, Robert (Danna Sandberg) Smith of Hermansville, Harriet Poquette of Hermansville, Marty (Patty) Smith of Fairfield Glade, Tenn., Jean (Jim) Mosefelder of Appleton, Wis., Brian (Bonnie) LeBombard of Pembine, Wis., Steve (Patti) LeBombard of Rapid River, and Joyce (Benny) Souder of Leander Texas; sisters and brothers-in-law, Roseann (Greg) Poetz of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Marianne (Fran) McCarthy of Hamilton Lakes; many nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and -nephews.
In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his brother, Art LeBombard.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 at the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.
Parish Prayers will be at 7:30 p.m.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19 at St. Marys Church in Norway, with Fr. Timothy Ekaitis officiating.
Interment will follow at the Norway Township Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made in Don’s name to Holy Spirit School in Norway.
Condolences to the family of Don may be expressed online at www.ortmanfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements were made with the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.