Clement “Ken” Russell LeBlanc, 86, of Stratton, Ont., passed away suddenly Monday, Dec. 21, 1998 at La Verendrye Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont.
Ken was born Jan. 7, 1912 in Chisholm, Mn. He moved to Dearlock, Ont. at the age of two with his family. The LeBlanc family homesteaded on what remains the family farm. Ken lived there all his life.
He began his working career as a logger and a trucker when the men lived in camps in the bush and cut the wood with crosscut saws. Later, he farmed at Dearlock and raised shorthorn cattle. He was one of the founding members of the Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association and a member of the Ontario Trappers’ Association.
In his retirement, he enjoyed carving and gardening, and he was an avid reader and a self-education person.
He was predeceased by his parents, John and Adeline (Grennier) LeBlanc; wife, Iona (Hill) LeBlanc; son, Jack LeBlanc; two brothers, Clarence and Leo LeBlanc; four sisters, Sylvia (Grey) LeBlanc, Adrienne LeBlanc, Lorraine (Tompkins) LeBlanc, and Leona (Hannivan) LeBlanc; one sister-in-law, Polly LeBlanc; and five brothers-in-law, Charles Tompkins, Everette Fournier, Norman Blair, George Hannivan, and Jack Hyatt.
Ken is survived by his son, Bob LeBlanc and wife, Loretta, of Dearlock; five grandchildren, Rob, Simone, and Seline of Dearlock; and Suzanne and Adrianne LeBlanc of Toronto, Ont.; three sisters, Marcelle Fournier of Fort Frances, Agnes Hyatt of Emo, Ont., and Yvonne and husband, Bob Belton, of Mill Valley, Cal.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Dec. 28, 1998 at 11 a.m. at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances. Father Jim Panikoulam will officiate, with interment in Pineridge Cemetery in North Branch, Ont.
Friends may visit prior to the service.
Honourary pallbearers will be Paul Wepruk, Ellard Teeple, Donald G. King, Chuck Thorkelson, Herb Parr, Leonard Strom, Bill Mosbeck, and all of Ken’s nieces and nephews.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Emo Hospital Renovation Fund, 260 Front St., Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.