Ronald Wilfred LePage



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Feeding America

Ronald Wilfred LePage, 81, passed away on April 16, 2020 in Grand Rapids, Michigan after battling the COVID-19 virus. Ron was born in Detroit, Michigan on December 2, 1938 to Anne and Charlie LePage.  They later moved to Lincoln Park and he attended St. Henry’s grade school and Holy Redeemer High School.  In 1961 he joined the Navy, where he spent 2 years traveling primarily in the Mediterranean on the U.S.S. Forrestal, as an Aviation Structural Mechanic. He joined Ford Motor Company in 1964 as a pattern maker and spent 37 years at Ford(s) in various positions. He ended his career as a Purchaser in 2001. He made countless lifelong friends during his career. In 1965 he married Nancy Govan, the love of his life. They lived in Lincoln Park and Woodhaven while raising 3 kids. They were members of Christ the Good Shepherd parish, and actively involved at Park Colony social club in Allen Park, where they spent many summers with good friends and families, swimming and playing tennis. Ron was always organizing some form of shenanigans at ‘the Club’. Many vacations were spent ‘up north at the cottage’ in Gaylord on Otsego Lake, where he loved pulling his kids, nieces, nephews, and friends behind the boat, or snow skiing in the winter. In 2005 they retired to Ada, Michigan. Ron particularly enjoyed Thursday morning meetings at the Golden K Kiwanis Club. He also spent time as a volunteer at The Grand Rapids Public Museum working on the lathe as a woodworking demonstrator.  He enjoyed attending the Grand Rapids Symphony concerts, drives to the lakeshore and time spent with family and friends. Ron is survived by his wife of 55 years, Nancy, his children Kim (Earl) Schur, Ken (Kathy) LePage, and Krista (Paul) Flynn; grandchildren Brian and Greg Flynn, and Charlie and Kevin LePage; siblings Jeanne Reeber (Tom, deceased), Judy (Jerry) Malcolm, Janis (Herb) Eschbach, and Randy LePage; numerous nieces and nephews, who all loved him very much.  His infectious positivity and ever morphing and repetitive stories will be missed by all. Memorial services will be determined at a later date.  In lieu of any flowers or gifts, feel free to make a donation to Ron’s favorite charity, Feeding America at:

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25 Responses

  1. Nancy and family I’m so sorry to hear this about Ron… You all are in my thoughts and prayers

  2. Ron sounds like the kind of guy everyone wanted to know. What a blessing to have such a rich and well lived life. Prayers to the family. The Homrich Family

  3. My condolences to you all. While I don’t believe I’ve met Cousin Ron LePage, he was my mom (Suzanne Marie LePage)’s godfather, so I guess he was my grandgodfather! 🙂

    I will be keeping Nancy and the rest of the family in my prayers and will support Feeding America on his behalf.

    Cousin Kathy (From Chicago)

  4. Send you our deepest condolences, Krista & Family. Your dad sounds like he took advantage of all life’s moments and had a good sense of humor ❤️ Praying for you all.
    Love, the Pflaumers

  5. We always loved being with Ron for his quick wit and fun things we did

  6. Our hearts and prayers are with you all. Cherish your many memories of happier days. May you find comfort in knowing others care. With love and prayers, Jeff and Party Smith.

  7. Love you, Ron! I’m sure you’re in heaven telling great stories. Jan

  8. Best dad ever! I will laugh for years to come with memories of you. So glad you were my dad. You made a positive impact on so many lives, I’m proud to be your daughter.

  9. The Patterson Family mourns the loss of Ron LePage. We send our condolences and our regards to the entire LePage Family. He was a big personality and will leave a big void. We have tons of fond memories from Cabrini and The Park Colony Club that we are recalling now and they all bring huge smiles to our faces.

    I will never forget the day that Ron and my father Bill had to take Ken and I to the Iris Hills area for a short meeting with some “authorities”. It could have been the worst experience of Ken and my lives but Ron & Dad had it all planned out in advance to teach us a lesson. It ended up being one of the best father and son bonding experiences in my life and I am eternally grateful to the two of them for being greats Dads!!

    He will not be forgotten!!! Love and prayers to all of you – Dan Patterson.

  10. Nancy, Doug and I are so sorry on the loss of Ron. I know for sure he is soaring into the loving arms of the Lord. Praying for you and your family..

  11. Ron represented the heart and soul of the Golden K. He was always upbeat, fun and a joy to have around and know. He will be greatly missed. My warm condolences to Nancy and the family.

  12. So very sorry for your loss. We are old friends of Herb and Jan’s and had met Ron a couple of times.We will pray for the family so they remember so many memories that live forever and know that he is a forever angel watching over his extended family.
    Tom and Judy Winkler

  13. Sorry for your loss, worked with Ron at Dearborn Iron Foundry and Michigan Casting Center. What a great guy to not only work with butto know.

  14. The Kopec family will forever cherish the wonderful Up North memories and fun times together with this generous man. May he live forever in God’s kingdom.

  15. Nancy and family, I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Ron. I met him, Tony Champaign and Father McCarthy when I was a freshman at Holy Redeemer. We all became good friends. We kept in touch for many years. He was a prince of a guy. You are all so fortunate to have had Ron in your lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Your happy memories will help you to get through this difficult time. Pat Was Unsworth

  16. I have lost a great friend and neighbor to this horrible disease. My prayers are with you Nancy. Keep your chin up.

  17. My dad, my hero – You were always firm but fair, well respected, fun loving, and the BEST story teller! I have so many wonderful memories that will soon make me smile and laugh again. I couldn’t have asked for a better dad. Love you and miss you!

  18. We are sad to hear of the passing of Ron. May his memory be eternal. Our sincere sympathy and love to Nancy and the family. Many memories of when we were on the USS Forrestal together and when we could keep in touch through the years. God bless you Nancy and Family.

  19. My heart goes out to you all! I was so saddened to hear of your dad’s passing. I have many fond memories of him from the Park Colony summers. He was always so nice and so funny. Love and prayers to your family.

  20. I was so sorry to hear about Ron. He was a wonderful person and neighbor. Everyone in our sub loved Ron for his kindness, willingness to help, and friendship and of course his stories. He was especially popular with the kids. He loved the kids and they loved him! I knew one day he’d been a wonderful grandfather. I will always hold in my heart all the fond memories of him and our time together. You and your family will be I my thoughts and prayers.

    Kathy Watroba

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