Clarence F. Tordeur
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on May 27 at Zion Lutheran Church in Marinette for Clarence F. Tordeur of Marinette, who passed away Saturday afternoon, May 20, 2006 at Rennes Health Center-East in Peshtigo. The Rev. Keith A. Kolstad will officiate the funeral service. Inurnment will take place at the Forest Home Mausoleum. The Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home in Marinette is assisting the family.
Clarence was born Sept. 1, 1920 to the late Fred and Anna (nee Carlson) Tordeur in Menominee, Mich., where he spent his early years and was one of the first Sea Scouts. He graduated from Menominee schools and later from the Community College of Denver, Colo.
On Nov. 15, 1941, he married the former June E. Monson. Shortly after, he enlisted in the Seabeas, serving in the South Pacific for the remainder of World War II. Upon returning to Menominee, he worked for his father until 1947, when he left to work on the construction of the Escanaba water plant. In 1953, Clarence moved to Cedarburg, where he was employed by Bergin Plumbing & Heating. Clarence was a licensed master plumber in the states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Colorado. He moved to Colorado in 1972, where he was employed as plumbing inspector for the city of Arvada, Colo. Retiring in 1981, Clarence and June moved to Florida until 1991, when they returned to the Menominee-Marinette area.
Clarence was a member of the Mequon American Legion Post and was a former member of the Oddfellows Lodge and Elks Lodges in Colorado and Menominee.
Clarence is survived by his wife June; daughters Lynda (Ronald) Ponfil of Sheboygan and Rita (William) Dehn of Rhinelander; grandchildren Brian Ponfil of Phoenix, Ariz., Tania Switon of Belgium and Tracy England of Rhinelander; five great-grandchildren; brother Robert (Roberta) Tordeur of Menominee; and sisters Rosemary Luedke and Annabelle (Wesley) Prince, both of Menominee.
Clarence was preceded in death by his brothers Louis, Fred Jr. and Ralph Tordeur; and sisters Violet Gillaume, Elizabeth Dedo and Carol Jean Tordeur.
Clarence’s family wishes to express their appreciation to Dr. David Mertens and the staff of Bay Area Cancer Care Center, Dr. Thomas Mack and Rennes-East, especially the staff of Unit 5, for their care and support.