Tony Lordson, age 82, long time resident of Rapid River went to join the Lord Jesus Christ on Saturday, May 30, 2020. He passed peacefully at home surrounded by his loved ones.
Tony was born April 5, 1938 in Pickford, Michigan, the son of Ellsworth and Rena (Beacom) Lordson. He was united in marriage to Lois Harrison on December 17, 1955 in Simmons Settlement on the Eastern end of the Upper Peninsula.
Tony was always in the construction industry as a young man. He was well known for being a co-owner of the Chicago Riding Stable on Mackinac Island. Later he became an Operating Engineer, Local 324, spending 47 years in the Union. Tony retired from operating cranes and took up Ginseng Farming with his son Joe. More recently his youngest son, Robert, has been lending a hand on the Ginseng Farm. The Ginseng Farm has been the center of their lives with family surrounding Tony on a daily basis. Better known as Papa Tony by his grandchildren, he was well known for doting on them. One of his favorite things to do with the grandchildren was to take them to the Donut Connection and the Rapid River Dairy Flow. Tony lived on Lake Michigan where he loved to watch the eagles and ducks and sand hill cranes. His heart was at rest watching everything that Lake Michigan had to offer.
Tony is survived by his wife Lois of 64 years; his children, Danny (Janet) Lordson, Joe Lordson, Dana (Lynn) Lordson, Robert (Jenny) Lordson, Sharri (Rye) Lordson and Julie (Matt) Hoffmeyer, with a special mention to granddaughter Kristin Lordson; 30 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren (give or take a couple); his brother Bob (Colleen) Lordson, his sister Marion Miller, sister-in-laws Vera Harrison and Marie Grogan and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ellsworth and Rena Lordson, grandson, Daniel Lordson, brother, Al Lordson and brother-in-laws Gene Harrison, John Harrison, David Harrison, and Jim Miller.
A private memorial, A Celebration of a Farmers Life, for Tony will be held at the convenience of the family. He will be laid to rest in the Perkins Cemetery.