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Norman J. LeVasseur

March 7, 1925 March 21, 2021
Norman J. LeVasseur
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Norman John LeVasseur, was born in Detroit in the house his father built on State Fair on March 7, 1925. He attended St. Rita and University of Detroit High School until he was drafted into the army on May 2, 1943 and served in the 4th Infantry Division, Headquarters Battery, 44th Field Artillery Battalion. He landed on Utah Beach on D Day plus 3, participated in the liberation of Paris and was awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded on November 27, 1944 during the Battle of the Hurtgen Forest in Germany.

Upon discharge after the war, Norman finished high school at Cass Tech High School and attended the University of Detroit and University of Detroit Law School. He was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 1951. In 1959 he founded the law firm which is now LeVasseur & DeFrank, P.C. He practiced law until age 93, specializing in workers’ compensation. Norman was a member of the Catholic Lawyers Society and was honored with the Monsignor Malloy award. Norman was committed to spiritual growth and attended over 50 annual men’s retreats at Manresa.

Norman joined the Detroit Yacht Club in 1973 and became a competitive sailor, winning many regattas through age 95 in 2020 when he skippered “Rambunctious” to his final first place trophy in the DYC Off the Dock Series.

Norman married Kathleen Doyle in 1949 and they had 8 children, Rosemary, Arthur (Denise), Denice (Dan King), Annette (deceased 1972), Christopher (Kristine), Michelle (Kevin Murphy), Renee (Jim Meyers) and John (Susi). He is grandfather of Kathleen, Daniel, Elaine, Jackie, David, Katie, Elizabeth, Anne, Bonnie, Patricia, David and Kaylyn. He is the great grandfather of Kevin, Luke, Grace, Theodore, and Benjamin. After Kathleen’s death Norman married Jean Fortner and they were married for over 21 years traveling and enjoying the sun in Florida. Norman died from a stroke at the age of 96 on March 21, 2021.

Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Roads) Tuesday, March 23rd, 4-8pm. A Private Funeral Mass will be celebrated. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, Michigan.


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