Tracy Erwin LaCroix, of Advance and Livonia, MI died at his Livonia home, surrounded by his family on August 2nd, 2018. He was 88 years old.
Tracy Erwin is survived by his loving wife Carroll (Perry) LaCroix of 64 years; children, Tracy LaCroix (Anna Houghton), and Laura Blumberg (James); grandchildren, Krista and Jenika Blumberg; sisters-in-law, Lucy LaCroix and Audrey Galbraith, step-brother, Milford Hardy; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his mother, Edith (LaCroix) Hardy; father, Tracy Mitchell LaCroix; brother, Larry LaCroix; step-sister, Louann (Hardy) Smith; and step-father, George Hardy.
He was a member of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.
Tracy was born on August 05, 1930 in Advance, MI to Edith (Papineau) LaCroix and Tracy Mitchell LaCroix on their family farm. He married the love of his life Carroll Perry of Petoskey, MI on May 1st 1954.
He graduated from Michigan State University in 1960 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Packaging Engineering and from Eastern Michigan University in 1973 with a Master’s in Education.
After being employed at Echo Alcoa Aluminum he went on to Ford Motor Company in 1962 as their first packaging engineer and retired after 36 years. He was also a Skilled Trades Mathematics instructor at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, MI for 23 years.
Over the years the family gathered at their Advance home on Lake Charlevoix for many occasions. He enjoyed many years of fishing, boating, traveling, singing, and downhill skiing with family and friends around Boyne City. He and his wife were members of the Lil Devil’s square dance club in Livonia, MI. He also enjoyed spirited games of cribbage and golf.
Visitation will be held for friends and family on Monday August 6th from 5-9pm and Tuesday August 7th from 2-7pm, with services at 7pm at Schrader-Howell Funeral Home (280 South Main St Plymouth, MI 48170).
Visitation will be held Friday August 10th from 10am-1pm at Stackus Funeral Home (417 Elm St, Boyne City, MI 49712) with funeral service starting at 1pm. Burial to follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Petoskey MI.