THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Leo L. Lemery
Issue Date: July 30, 2019
Leo Louis Lemery, 100, of Stephenson, Mi., passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at home with his family by his side. He lived with his daughter, Ann (Lemery) Clarke and her husband Jim, since his wife of 67 years, Margaret (Wells) passed in December of 2013. He was the last surviving son of Fred and Florence Lemery of Menominee, Mi.
Born to Ferdinand (Fred) Lemery and Florence (Gilbert), he grew up in Menominee, one of four brothers and a sister. When World War II broke out, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1942, serving with the 8th and 9th Air Corps as a truck driver delivering military supplies and chauffeuring officers. At war's end, he hauled (out of Belgium), parts of a new German-designed jet engine, which due to their defeat was never put to use.
While stationed in Europe he met Margaret, from London, England, who worked in the land army at that time. After the war she came to the United States aboard the the Queen Mary to become his wife and lived with him and his family in Menominee. They then moved to Detroit, Mi. where he worked as a tool and die maker for Ford Motor Company for 39 years and raised three children.
Moving in 1969 to Milford, Mi., they became longtime members of Hickory Ridge Church there and volunteered at the Hickory Haven Nursing Home, conducting Bible Studies for the residents and singing hymns. Favorite family memories were made with many camping trips all over the United States. He leaves behind a legacy of faith in God, service to people and love of music and nature.
He often enjoyed playing his harmonica for family and friends, which he learned at age 3. Many times his daughter, Ann and son-in-law, Jim awoke in the morning to the sounds of his harmonica. He often relayed stories about growing up in Menominee. His mothers father, Louie Gilbert, was believed to be the first to deliver milk to residents of Menominee, before milk was bottled. His grandfather, Louie Lemery worked as a fur trader and also carried mail for a company in Menominee using an Indian guide to lead him through the trails. His father, Fred, worked for years as a lumberjack since age 16.
He is survived by four children, Ann (Lemery) and James Clarke, Julia (Lemery) and James Earnshaw, Leo Louis Lemery, Jr. and Kathy McDonough-Lemery; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Margaret in December of 2013 and a grandson, Jimmy Hoots.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Aug. 1 at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home in Stephenson from 11 a.m. until time of a Memorial Service at noon, with Pastor Damian Garcia officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery in Menominee at 1:30 p.m., with Military Honors conducted by American Legion Post #43.