Eugene J. Tourangeau

Resided in Gladstone, Michigan
Died November 9th, 2019

Eugene J. “Tonto” Tourangeau, 97, of Gladstone, passed away on Saturday, November 9, 2019 surrounded by family at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba.

He was born on June 25, 1922 in Danforth, son of Arthur and Valentine (Charbonneau) Tourangeau. Eugene graduated from Escanaba High School, class of 1948 and attended Cloverland College for accounting.

During WWII, at the age of 18, he enlisted in the army and served with the military police and was an anti -tank crewman.

On July 30, 1949 Eugene married Lorraine Roberts at Holy Family Church in Flat Rock. They celebrated 70 years of marriage this past summer.

Eugene was a very hard worker and was a millwright for Mead Paper for 38 years before retiring in 1988.

He loved being in the outdoors: working in his yard, gardening and tinkering on small machinery in his garage. He had a knack for organization which was evident to anyone who visited his outdoor workspace or looked through family photos, all of which were dated and labeled. He loved reading, playing with his grandchildren, playing his harmonica and was an avid Green Bay Packer fan.  Eugene’s Christian faith was a very important part of his life; he enjoyed times of devotion and prayer with his wife.

Eugene was very active into his early nineties, and until the time of his death, he enjoyed people watching while he waited for his wife during their weekly shopping trips. He was also blessed to live out his days in the home they raised their children in.

Eugene was a member of Holy Family Church in Flat Rock, and in his earlier years he was a lector and enjoyed volunteering not only at the church but also in his community.

Survivors include his wife, Lorraine of Gladstone; three daughters, Valerie Tourangeau of Chandler AZ, Pauline (Dan) Marenger of Gladstone, and Theresa (Larry) Erickson of Gladstone; ten grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren; his brother Roger (Betty) Tourangeau of Escanaba; two sisters in law, Betty Lou Tourangeau and Beverly Tourangeau; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers’ Leo, Rene, Brother Clement, Arthur, Ernest and Joseph (who died at birth); and sisters Bernadette, Cecile, and Martha.

Visitation will be on Monday, November 18, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home, 302 S. 13th St., Escanaba. Military service will begin at 3:45 with the funeral service to follow at 4 p.m. with Pastor Scott Breault officiating. At the conclusion of the service all are invited to join family for a meal at New Life Church, 2005 8th Ave S., Escanaba.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Vincent de Paul Society.

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4 Tributes to “Eugene J. Tourangeau”

  1. We are thinking of all of you at this time. Our heart and prayers go out to you all.
    Uncle Eugene had wonderful life with you all in it. He was as blessed as you all with him.
    Memories are forever and his love for his family.
    We hope to be there to celebrate his long, wonderful life with you all.
    Hugs & Kisses,
    Mike & Barbie Clairmont

  2. Although the years and miles have distanced us I will always have a special place in my heart for our next door neighbors the Tourangeau family. With Eugene’s passing we have lost another member of my parent’s generation where faith, hard work, close family and patriotism prevailed. I don’t think I ever saw the man sit still – Eugene was always plowing, mowing, planting or building something. Lorraine, Valarie, Pauline and Theresa know that you are all in my thought and prayers as you lay him to rest. I’m sure he was welcomed with an open embrace as he crossed the creek into eternity.

  3. Eugene and his family were our next door neighbors and a constant in my childhood memories. When my parents retired my brother and his wife raised their boys in the family home next door to Eugene and Lorraine. In a close knit community like Flat Rock another family member has passed on. He was a man who was always in motion. He was always plowing, mowing, planting or building something. I remember him standing at his workbench flattening bent nails on his anvil so they could be reused. Eugene was a man of faith, valued hard work and extolled patriotism. He will be missed…warmest hugs and prayers go out to you Lorraine, Valerie, Pauline and Theresa.

  4. Flat Rock will not be the same without you. I fondly remember you letting us help till your garden and Vicky & I riding the tricycles around your basement while you shoveled coal into the furnace. I will always remember whenever we would (a little) loudly say we were going to do something, Dad saying “Go tell Eugene”!!!
    I remember that big dog house you gave us that our dogs never used but we kids did and that swing set that is still in Harold & Cathy’s backyard. So many fond memories growing up next to you ….
    My thoughts & prayers are with Lorraine, Valarie, Pauline & Theresa and their families. You will forever be in our hearts & memories.
    Sending lots of hugs & love from Texas… Betsy

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