James R. “Jim” Gascon, 85, of Escanaba, passed away early Thursday morning, November 21, 2019 at Christian Park Health Care Center with family at his side.
He was born on March 3, 1934 in Escanaba, son of Clarence E. and Helen F. (Carrigan) Gascon. Jim was raised on the family farm and graduated from Escanaba High School in 1952.
Jim served in the U.S. Army as a teletype interceptor beginning December 11, 1952 until his honorable discharge on July 1, 1955. He was awarded a Korean Service Ribbon, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and a Good conduct Medal.
On November 30, 1957, Jim married Mary Anne Chouinard at Holy Family Catholic Church in Flat Rock. She preceded him in death in 1993. He was united in marriage with Clara M. “Cookie” Willford on June 24, 2007 at Holy Family Catholic Church.
He was employed with Harnischfeger Corporation and also Lakeside Machining.
Jim loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing and side by side riding. He also loved woodworking, traveling and polka dancing.
He was a volunteer for St. Vincent de Paul Society and was a member of the American Legion, Teamsters Union and All Saints Catholic Church in Gladstone.
Among survivors include his wife, Clara “Cookie” Gascon of Escanaba; children, Randal (Cathy) Gascon of Escanaba, Robert Gascon of LaFayette, NY, Mary Kay (Mike) Nolde, Martina (Russ) Cryderman, Monica (Wendell) VanDrese, Maureen (Brad) Chaillier, Marcia (Ron) Jacques and Richard (Kristine) Gascon all of Escanaba; 33 grandchildren and many great grandchildren; sisters, Betty Lehouillier and Dorothy (Joe) LaFave; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, Mary Anne Gascon, he was preceded in death by his son, Raymond Gascon and brother, Edward Gascon.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, November 26th beginning at 2 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home, 302 S. 13th St., Escanaba. Visiting hours will conclude at 4:15 p.m. when the Delta County Veterans Council and U.P. Military Honor Guard Team have military honors. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 5:30 p.m. at All Saints Catholic Church in Gladstone with Rev. Jamie Ziminski officiating. At the conclusion of the mass a meal will be served in the church hall.
Burial will take place in the spring at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Schaffer.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be directed to the family and a memorial will be established at a later date.
A message of condolence may be directed to Jim’s family by visiting crawfordfuneralhomes.net.