Frederick W. Besancon
Frederick W. Besancon, D.V.M., of East Tawas died in St. Mary's Hospital, Saginaw, on Jan. 11, 2017. He was born in Redford, now Detroit, on Jan. 2, 1920, son of Elizabeth and Lewis Besancon. He attended Cooley High School in Detroit and Michigan State College (Now MSU). His wife, Margaret, from Cooley High School, preceded him in death, in August 2015, after 72 years of wonderful life together. He is survived by two sons, James and his wife, Irene, of Brighton and Russell and his wife, Debra, of Durham, N.C. There are four surviving grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; and Fred's sister, Lucille Jensen of Bloomfield Hills. During World War II, Fred served as a lieutenant in the Medical Administrative Corps, Army of the United States, and as a pharmacist mate in the U.S. Navy. Fred's concern for the animal kingdom and his interest in public health led to his degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1943. He practiced for 30 years in Detroit and Tawas City and spent 10 years with the Michigan and United States Departments of Food Safety and Inspection Services, retiring in 1985. His primary interests in life were his family and the woods and waters of Iosco County, which he enjoyed from early childhood. He belonged to the Tawas Bay Yacht Club, the Detroit Yacht Club, the Iosco County Sheriff's Posse, the University Lions Club of Detroit (past president) and was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in East Tawas. Following Fred's wishes, memorial donations can be made to the East Tawas Library and burial will be in Grand Lawn Cemetery, Detroit, at a future date.
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