Elmer “Ding” G. DeGrand, 87, passed away on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at Christian Park Health Care Center.
He was born in Escanaba on September 18, 1929, the son of John and Rose (LaChapelle) DeGrand. Ding attended Escanaba High School.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1951 until his honorable discharge in 1953.
Ding married Doris Kositzky in Florida. She preceded him in death on July 3, 2011.
He worked for Harnischfeger until its closing. He then worked for Express Welding, Country Meadows Golf Course and various other jobs.
Ding enjoyed hunting. He was a member of a beagle club. In his younger years he enjoyed playing baseball.
He is survived by son, James DeGrand; step-son, Leon (Buster) Dube; step-daughters, Carol (Robert) Lippens and Mary Dube; sister, Theresa Piron, special nieces, Shirley Dufresne and Lisa Menard; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to his parents and wife; Ding was preceded in death by his brothers, Alec, Emil, Leo, Clarence (Curly) and Edward; sister: Bernadett (Bern); brothers-in-law; John LaValley and John Piron; sisters-in-law; Dorothy, Agnes, Shirley, & Elvira (Vi).
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Thursday, February 9th at 11 a.m. at St. Anne’s Church. A meal will follow in the church hall.
Burial will take place in Lakeview Cemetery.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the DeGrand family.