VULCAN – Donald J. LeClair, 90, of Vulcan, died Friday, May 30, 2014, at ManorCare Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Kingsford.
He was born on May 15, 1924, in Lena, Wis., the son of the late John and Barbara (Levash) LeClair. He graduated from Niagara High School in 1942.
He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II on board the ship Anzio where her aircraft fought forces throughout the Pacific Islands. Her sister ship, the Bismark Sea, while steaming close the Anzio, went down under an enemy attack.
Don married LaVerne Hoheisel on July 24, 1954, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Norway. She preceded him in death in June 1983.
He worked for the Niagara Paper Mill for 42 years where he was a supervisor.
Don married Marion “Dolly” (Plante) Paupore in October 1989 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Norway.
He enjoyed fishing, golfing, baseball, gardening, bowling and going to camp, where he was the camp cook. In his early 20s he played baseball for many leagues. He was called “Twinkle Toes” because of his love of dancing.
Don is survived by his wife Marion “Dolly”; daughters Marilyn LeClair of Norway and Kathy (Mark) Faulds of Port Washington, Wis.; stepsons Jeffrey (Lynn) Paupore of Arizona, Daniel (Sue) Paupore of Vulcan, David Paupore of Norway and Mark (Kitty) Paupore of Vulcan; grandchildren Lauren Faulds, Kaitlin, Richard, Alex, Andy, and Derek (Sarah) Paupore, Nicole (Terry) Skog and Eric (Elizabeth) Paupore and Kristin ( Brian) Kass; many great-grandchildren; brother John (Judy) LeClair of Cedar Grove, Wis.; sisters Virginia Coombs of Norway and Barbara (Doug) Bezier of Green Bay, Wis.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother Alfred LeClair and sisters Cecelia LeClair and Ethel Trovinger and stepson John “Jack” Paupore.
Family will greet friends on Wednesday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Norway.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the church with Fr. Timothy Ekaitis presiding.
A special catered funeral luncheon will follow at the church.
Interment will be held at the Norway Township Cemetery.
Condolences to the family of Don may be expressed online at www.ortmanfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements announced by the Ortman Funeral Home in Norway.