Garry L. Mongrain
KINGSFORD — Garry L. Mongrain, 75, of Kingsford, entered eternal rest on New Year’s Eve.
Garry was born on March 16, 1945, the son of the late Robert and LaVerne Mongrain. He attended Kingsford Schools, graduating with the class of 1964. While in high school he participated in Flivver team sports. He also played baseball from Little League to adulthood. He was passionate about sports and played sports on every field and court in this area and many others.
After high school, he worked in the local area as a carpenter. He later moved to California still working as a self-employed carpenter, living near his brother, Dr. Dale Mongrain. He was a gifted carpenter, a trait from his grandfather, the late Joseph Mongrain. Garry taught carpentry skills to minorities as they were eager to learn. Memorable times in his life included all the sports he played, family trips to the World’s Fair, family reunions and celebrating his parents’ 50th wedding anniversary which he came home for. In their early years, Garry enjoyed time spent caring for and having fun with his first two grandchildren. This was short lived as his work took him back to California.
He went back and forth from Kingsford to California for a number of years until he moved back to Kingsford to care for his aging parents. His parents were grateful for the remodeling and garage addition Garry did and they enjoyed the improvements. After helping his parents, Garry returned to California for several years until failing health brought him back to Kingsford in 2012.
He enjoyed gardening, cooking, dancing and listening to 60’s rock and roll. Garry was an avid Green Bay Packer football fan. He and his brother were in Bible studies together and felt the importance of this time spent together. Garry looked forward to the Swaggert television presentations, both the gospel music and sermons. His favorite song was “Miracle” Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8. As fate would have it, Sheri Johnston Meinolf became his caregiver/lifeline during his failing health (Proverbs 17:17)
He is survived by his five children and their families, Rodney Mongrain of Kingsford, Bryan Mongrain of Kingsford, Wendy Tershner of Kingsford, Ron Mongrain of Florida and Jamie Day of Nevada; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild; also by nephews, Jason and Darren Mongrain and niece, Kimberly Mongrain.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandmother, Mary Arnold; his brother, Dr. Dale Mongrain.
Due to the coronavirus restrictions, no funeral services will take place at this time.
Special thank you to Dr. Brazeau at Dickinson County Hospital for caring for Garry in his final hours in ICU on New Years Eve.
Memorials may be made in Garry’s memory to the Kingsford High School Athletic Booster Club.
Tributes and condolences to the family of Garry Mongrain may be expressed online at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com
The family has entrusted the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home with the arrangements.