Raymond John "Jack" Trudgeon, loving and devoted husband, father, and teacher died peacefully at home with his family on July 28, 2017. He was 86.
Jack and Aggie, his wife of 63 years, were the parents of nine children - they were the focus of his life.
Jack was a remarkable man with a great sense of humor who had many interests. He unconditionally loved his family and lifelong friends. He thoroughly enjoyed meeting new people and making friends. He was a self-taught builder/woodworker, cook, sailor, and antique car restorer/enthusiast who was always open to adventures and learning something new. He truly was a "Jack of all Trades." He believed that if you could read about it, you could do it. He shared his skills and interests with his children, helping them to build their homes and lives. He was an example that anything was possible and was a voracious reader to his dying day.
A favorite teacher of many students, Jack taught history and government at Grayling High School for nearly three decades. He loved American history. Any mention of a significant historical trend or event could instantly spark a response from him that he was happy to share. He and Aggie were the owners of Borchers Canoe Livery, as well, for 24 years.
He is survived by his loving wife, Agnes "Aggie" Trudgeon; children, Janice (Tom Harp), Kevin (Stuart Ross), Thomas, Phil (Sonya), Toni (Brian) Banda, David (Vicki), Rene (Kathy) Carrie (Mike) Montgomery; and was pre-deceased by his daughter, Leesa; parents, Elizabeth and Raymond; sister, Barbara; and brother, Robert. He was delighted to be a part of the lives of his 20 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.
Born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, he received his degree from Michigan State University and accepted a teaching position in Grayling after a two-year stint in the US Army. He was an active member of St. Mary's parish.
Funeral services will be conducted by Fr. Jerry Hunko at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 707 Spruce St., at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 3, 2017; with visitation from 9:30 - 10:20 a.m. at the same location. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Devereaux Memorial Crawford County Library or Heartland Hospice Care.
Condolences may be sent to www.sorensonlockwood.com Arrangements by Sorenson-Lockwood Funeral Home.