ISHPEMING, MI. - Dennis J. Trudgeon, age 60, of 1855 Hewitt St., Ishpeming, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the Marquette General Hospital following a brief illness.
Dennis was born June 15, 1953 in Ironwood, MI where he grew up and graduated from the Luther Wright High School in 1971. Dennis served in the United States Army from 1972 1974 and had been stationed in Germany.
Upon his honorable discharge from the Army he returned to Ironwood and furthered his education at Gogebic Community College, receiving an associate degree in accounting in 1975. He moved to Ishpeming in 1976 and remained here since that time. He began dating Jean LaFond in 1980 and they were united in marriage on August 16, 1986. Dennis was raised Catholic and had attended the St. Joseph's Catholic Church with his wife Jean whom he is now reunited with.
Dennis was employed for the past 28 years by Cliffs Natural Resources (CCI), currently as a mine operations supervisor. He was an avid outdoorsman; enjoying time spent at camp at Three Lakes, and will be remembered as a successful deer hunter, and fisherman. Dennis loved to spoil his grandchildren.
Survivors include his 5 children Nathan Trudgeon of Waukesha, WI, Erin (Ed) Canning of White Cloud, Janel LaBelle of Marquette, Eric Trudgeon of Iron Mountain and Sara Trudgeon of Ishpeming, 8 grandchildren Rebekah, Tia, Carrigan, Kayla, Kobe, Kaleb, Ean & Hailey, 3 brothers Alan (Marlys) Trudgeon of Negaunee, Randy (Debra) Trudgeon of Quinnesec and David (Nancy) Trudgeon of Brooklyn Park, MN, an uncle Donald (Darlene) Borgaro of Deerwood, MN and an aunt Margaret (John) Kangas of Salem, OR, along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dennis was preceded in death by his wife Jean on Nov. 20, 2013, his parents David F. and Marie Ann (Borgaro) Trudgeon, and an infant sister Terri Trudgeon.
The family will greet relatives and friends from 11:00am 1:00pm on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 1:00pm on Monday at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home with the Rev. Fr. Greg Heikkala to officiate. Interment will take place at the Ishpeming Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers will be Eric, Nathan, Marty, Alan, Randy and David Trudgeon, Ed Canning and Rob Rajala.
Dennis' obituary may also be viewed at bjorkandzhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.