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Life Story / Obituary
Throughout his rich and rewarding life, Ronald Bordeaux lived to serve those around him. He was the sort of person who could do just about anything he set his mind to, and he took whatever obstacles came his way in stride. A devoted family man, Ron took his roles as husband and father to heart, but he really loved being a grandfather later in life. He was content in whatever life brought and loved being surrounded by his family and friends more than anything else. Although he will be deeply missed, Ron leaves behind a priceless collection of memories that his loved ones will forever hold near and dear to their hearts.
The 1930s were primarily defined by the Great Depression. With a soaring unemployment rate countless American families were left without work, which later gave way to being without their homes in many cases. There were glimmers of hope, however, such as the completion of the Empire State Building as well as the Chrysler Building in New York City. Amidst this eventful time was the year 1933 when a young couple from Mesick, Michigan, was eagerly awaiting the birth of their new baby as the beauty of summer unfolded in June of that year. The big day finally arrived on June 3rd when the baby boy they named Ronald Grant drew his first breath in nearby Cadillac. He was the second of nine children born to Frances and Laura (Bishop) Bordeaux as he was raised on the small family farm in Mesick alongside his brothers, Lavern, Joe, Ray, and Reed and his sisters, Pat, Janet, Doris, and Mallory. Ron’s father was a farmer while his mother was a homemaker.
In many ways Ron was a young boy of his generation. Growing up on a farm meant that he had his share of farm chores. On a hot summer day Ron’s father was known to send him down to the local bar for a bucket of beer. He and his buddies got into trouble from time to time as they kept busy hunting, fishing, and taking watermelons from farmers’ fields. As a teen Ron learned where all the good morel mushroom patches in the area were, and for the rest of his life he returned there to pick them. Ron and his siblings were very close to their mother.
As a young boy of 17, Ron joined the United States Army and was stationed in Germany for three years after WWII had ended. With his military duties fulfilled, he returned to Michigan where he moved around depending on where he could find work. Ron did return home as he could.
When home visiting, Ron frequented dances in Copemish. It was at one of these dances that his sister, Pat, set him up with someone who turned out to be the woman of his dreams. She was a single mother named Marilyn Morris, and Ron said she was the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. They began dating and soon found themselves deeply in love. With a desire to spend the rest of their lives together Ron and Marilyn were married on March 14, 1956, which was her 18th birthday. Ron adopted her son, Evert, and raised him as his own. Together they welcomed their son, Ron Jr., in 1956 and their daughter, Jodi, in 1965.
During their early married years Ron and his wife lived with family members and eventually settled in Grand Rapids. Ron found work as a tool and die maker for Doehler Jarvis. When that company moved away he then worked at Dexter Lock Company where he remained until a back injury at work in the mid-seventies forced him to retire and go on disability in 1975. While in the work force Ron was known for his strong work ethic. Ronald was also a member of the Mesick VFW and DAV.
Family time was always vitally important to Ron. They had a cottage on Brooks Lake in Newaygo, which provided the backdrop for countless times spent fishing, swimming, and just making memories. As a family they also liked camping in primitive campgrounds around Michigan, and during the winter they enjoyed snowmobiling. After retiring, Ron took on many of the household duties. He was a meat and potatoes guy who was a great cook. He took care of the grocery shopping and also loved gardening while also keeping up a beautiful lawn. Ron enjoyed canning tomatoes and also made a great salsa. He and Marilyn enjoyed taking car rides to visit relatives up North and occasionally making a stop at the casino. Ron was also a big fan of the Detroit Lions and Tigers, often watching their games on television. When his grandchildren lived nearby he spent much of his time with them while they were growing up. Later on, Ron and Marilyn moved to Muskegon to be closer to their daughter.
In his sunset years, Ron continued to live life to the fullest of his ability. He remained active as he could as well. After his beloved Marilyn died in 2009, his son Evert moved in with him. Ron continued driving himself to Mesick to visit relatives and hunt for mushrooms until his eyesight began to fail. Even when he needed a walker later in life, Ron kept active with yard work. He also adhered to a healthy food diet to keep in shape. Sadly, he became sick a few weeks ago, and he was not strong enough to undergo surgery.
With unending devotion to his family, Ronald Bordeaux lived a life of purpose. He worked hard, but he made the time to enjoy life along the way, and there was nothing that he wouldn’t do to help others. Ron was a no frills kind of guy who touched those around him in such a special way. Deeply loved, he will never be forgotten.
Ronald Grant Bordeaux, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016. Ron’s family includes his sons, Evert Bordeaux of Muskegon, Ronald Bordeaux of Grand Rapids; daughter, Jodi (Gerry) Dibble of Muskegon; grandchild, Sicely Bordeaux-Dibble; brothers, Lavern (Doris) Bordeaux, Ray Bordeaux, Reed (Bathsheba) Bordeaux; sisters, Pat Bordeaux, Doris Hendler, Mallory Nyman. Ron was preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn; grandson, Joey Bordeaux; brother, Joe Bordeaux, and sister, Janet Hernandez. Serves will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2016, 11:00 a.m. at the Clock Chapel - Muskegon with Rev. Carlos Ramos officiating and Military Honors under the Auspices of the Muskegon County Council of Veterans. Interment in Floral View Memorial Gardens in Grandville. Visit with Ron’s family and friends on Wednesday, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Clock Funeral Home - Muskegon. Memorials can be made to Harbor Hospice. Please visit www.clockfuneralhome.com to leave a memory or sign the online guest book. Clock Funeral Home - Muskegon