In Memory

Robert Leblanc

Robert Leblanc

Robert Leblanc
1937 - 2016

Robert "Bob" J. LeBlanc

 

July 1, 1937 - April 23, 2016

Robert “Bob” J. LeBlanc, 78, of Wakefield, MI, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, Saturday, April 23, 2016 at McLaren Hospital in Lansing, MI.

Bob was born in Newberry, MI July 1, 1937. His mother passed away when he was born. When he was a year and a half his father moved him to Ramsay, MI to live with his mother’s sister and her husband, Mary and John Chlebowski. Bob’s father moved nearby with his grandmother. Tragically, his father passed away when he was just four years old. Bob continued growing up in Ramsay being raised by his aunt and uncle. Bob loved to talk about his childhood, recalling the swimming hole in the Black River, Roddy’s grocery

store, the movie theater, and his many stories about the Cheney Lake Cabin. Like many people who grew up in the UP he enjoyed hunting (deer at Ray Niemi and Jerry Strickler’s camps, and at his brother Tom’s), also countless miles of walking and hunting birds with

his sons and his golden retriever Mack. He also enjoyed fishing – bringing up his son Jim’s bass and son Craig’s brook trout that are hanging on the walls.

Bob graduated from Bessemer High School then attended Gogebic Community College for two years before moving onto Northern Michigan University to finish his degree. He always joked “I graduated with a B.S. (bachelors of science) and I’ve been full of B.S. ever since”

Bob began teaching after graduating. He taught for two years in Rockland, MI before moving to Japan to teach the children of U.S. military families. He taught there for four years, and he enjoyed traveling throughout Japan and Korea and meeting the native people the most during that time. He then taught military children for a year in Germany. He enjoyed the weekend trips he took around Europe, especially the ski trips in Austria and Switzerland.

He returned to the US in 1967 and began teaching at the Lenawee Vocational Technical Center in Adrian, MI. During the years 1969-1972, Bob drove to Ypsilanti, MI to attend Eastern Michigan University until he earned his Master’s Degree in Industrial Arts. In 1972

Bob moved his family back to Ramsay, MI because he accepted an offer to teach auto- mechanics at Gogebic Community College. He continued to be involved in the community as Little League Coach, Ski Team Club (coach/manager) and Volunteer Fireman.

Bob retired from teaching in 1989 and moved to Lansing to work for the SUN Corporation

 

and then Auto Salvage Company until 1994. After retirement he traveled around the US, visiting friends and cooking. In 1996 he traveled to Prescott, AZ and eventually found Black Canyon City, AZ. He liked the community so much he spent his winters there until

2016. He spent his summers at State Line Lake in Marenisco and Sunday Lake in Wakefield MI. Bob never disliked where he lived because he always said “it’s all about what you put into the experience”.

Bob was a devoted Packer fan and he loved watching Nascar, College Basketball and Football and the Little League World Series. However, his greatest passion was following and supporting his boys and grandsons in all of their endeavors,

He is survived by his beloved Nancy, two sons, Craig (Katie) LeBlanc, of Kohler, WI, and Jim (Michelle) LeBlanc, of Grand Ledge, MI.; seven grandsons, Benjamin, Nathan, Henry, Justin, Matthew, Kyle and Brecken, a brother Thomas, a sister Barbara, nieces and nephews, other loving relatives and friends and all those who knew him as “camper Bob”. He was preceded in death by his brother John.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday,May 4, 2016, with a 7:00

 

P.M. Rosary service in the Tiffany Funeral Home, 3232 W. Saginaw, Lansing. Contributions may be made to the family.

The Johnson High alumni will miss Robert very much.