Leslie C. ‘Les’ Ruohomaki
GLADSTONE, MI – Leslie C. “Les” Ruohomaki, 83, of 1524 Minneapolis Avenue, Gladstone, passed away Thursday evening, December 7, 2017 at home following a lengthy illness.
Les was born July 4, 1934 in Ishpeming, MI the son of Walfred and Laura (Carlson) Ruohomaki. He was raised in Ishpeming where he was a 1953 graduate of Ishpeming High School. Les continued his studies at Northern Michigan University where he received his Bachelor’s degree Social Services. He later obtained Masters degree’s in Counseling and Guidance and later Public Administration. Les also served 10 years in the Michigan National Guard, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Les was united in marriage to the former Ada Boyle on October 25, 1958 in Marquette. They made their home in Marquette where they began their family and later moved to Gladstone in 1973. They recently celebrated 59 years of marriage.
Les retired in 1997 following 24 years from the Department of Human Services. He served in the Regional Office for the Upper Peninsula as a Children Services Specialist, an Adult Placement Specialist and an Adult Services Specialist. He then served in the Zone Office of the Upper Peninsula as Administrative Assistant. Prior to coming to the Regional Office, he was a Counselor and Professor at Northern Michigan University from 1968 to 1973. He also had been employed as a Probation Officer for the Marquette County Juvenile Court and as a Radio Announcer for WJPD.
Les was an active member of the City of Gladstone where he served for 15 years on the Gladstone City Commission, serving as the Mayor of Gladstone for 7 of those years. He served 6 years on the Delta County Board of Commission, Michigan Works Board, Delta County Personnel Committee and the Delta County Landfill Board. He was President of the Alger/Marquette Sheltered Workshop and a member of the first Delta County Mental Health Board. Les was appointed by the Governor of Michigan to an advisory committee to determine the need for a computer system to track delinquent youth and was the technical advisor for the establishment of Bridgewood in Delta County.
Les was a very active member of the All Saints Church in Gladstone and his hobbies included camping. Les and Ada served as Campground Host for Van Riper State Park for many years. His family and community will sadly miss him.
In addition to his wife Ada, survivors include: 2 sons: Ron (Denise) Ruohomaki of Escanaba and Gary (Tracey) Ruohomaki of Green Bay, WI. 2 daughters: Julie (Donald) Moberg of Escanaba and Maria (Rick) Gasco of Gladstone. Brother: Steve Ruohomaki of Chicago, IL. 7 grandchildren: Chase, Chelsey, Ashley, Megan, Kayla, Ben and Morgan. 4 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends also survive.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Leslie’s family will receive friends on Tuesday December 12, 2017 from 10 am to 12 noon at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 12:30 pm at the All Saints Church in Gladstone with Rev. Fr. Jamie Ziminski officiating. Luncheon will follow in the All Saints Church Parish Hall. Burial will take place at the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Marquette. Please visit www.skradskifuneral homes.com where you can express your sympathy to the family.