Armand Paul Gervais died peacefully April 13, 2020 surrounded by his family at his home in Ypsilanti at the age of 80.
Armand Paul Gervais was delivered July 18, 1939 at the Nara Home in Lake Linden, MI on a warm sunny day, where his sisters Betty and Wilma were waiting for him.
His parents Armand R. Gervais and Beatrice (Buschell) Gervais and family lived in the Nara house until 1942. The family moved to Chagnon Street where Armand grew up before he left for the Navy.
Armand played basketball, football and was on the track team at Lake Linden-Hubbell High School. Armand played drums in the high school band. Armand graduated with the class of 1957.
One of his favorite memories was running the Teen Center with his friend Milton Brinkman. They organized the dances and the music for local teens.
Armand committed to the Navy before he graduated from high school. One of his favorite ports was Barcelona, Spain.
After the Navy he returned to Lake Linden and started working for the State Highway Dept. Armand met his future wife at a dance in Calumet. Ione’s friend encouraged her to go to this dance.
On July 21, 1962 Armand and Ione V. DeMarois were married at Holy Rosary Church in Lake Linden, MI.
They moved to Ypsilanti where Armand started working for his Aunt Rita and Uncle George Beaudette at the Huron Inn.
Armand was given a chance to go through the tool and die apprenticeship program at Ford Motor Co. where he successfully completed the program and worked for Ford Motor for over 36 years before his retirement.
Armand and Ione purchased a place on Portage Lake in Bootjack to spend their retirement summers and have fond memories there.
Armand leaves behind: his wife Ione V. Gervais; his daughter Renee (Joe) Gervais Bozich, grandsons, Ryan, Jack and Adam and great grandson Carter; son Armand Beau (fiancé Tina) Gervais and grandsons Max and Anthony; his siblings, Wilma Minetti, Emily (Ron) Bourdeau, Teresa Gervais, Sam (Kim) Gervais, Ray (Heidi) Gervais, Nancy (Richard) Gaither and Rita (Tony) LaCavera; his in-laws, Judith & Don Savela and Francis & Nancy DeMarois; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Preceding him were his parents and sisters Betty (Elizabeth) Hodges and Mary Margaret Gregoire.
We would like to thank everyone that came and visited our dad in Ypsilanti and in Bootjack. Our Dad told us stories about everyone he met and knew. If you have a story about him, we would love to hear it sometime.
A memorial service will take place in the summer up north in his hometown of Lake Linden. We will send out the details later when we have made the arrangements.
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