Leslie John Fant, 97, formally from Drayton Plains, MI & Franklin, TN passed away at Meadow Brook Medical Care Facility on March 14, 2020 in Bellaire, Mi. He was born on December 19, 1922 in Norwalk, Connecticut to Gladys V. (Weaver) & Leslie L. Fant.
Les was proceeded in death by his parents; beloved stepfather, Al Bornak; his wife, Juanita J. (VanKueren Clason) married Sept 10, 1973; his great grandson Logan Carl Leslie Fant; his children’s mother, Dorothy L. (Pierce) married July 31, 1948.
He is survived by his 3 children, John (Dawn), Diane (Jim) Bozeman and Ron (Karen); 9 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his 5 step-children, Tootie Mankowski, Margie (Dennis) Sparks, Donna (Mike) Vieau, Laurence (Olivia) Clason & Jane (Gary) Falls; 11 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren.
Les followed a family tradition, proudly serving his country. He enlisted in the Army January 23, 1943 and was honorable discharged March 3, 1946. He was a sniper in the 65th Infantry Division and traveled throughout Belgium, France, Germany and his favorite, Austria. He received many medals during his stint in the Army. He enjoyed military life so much that he enlisted in the Naval Reserves where he was a sailor on the USS Ernest G. Small. Les was in the reserves from 1949 – 1955. Family service to our country did not end with Les Fant. Both sons, 3 grandsons and 2 granddaughters answered the call to serve and protect.
Les worked and retired from Railroad Express Agency then went to work and retired from the United States Post Office in Pontiac, Michigan. After moving to Tennessee, he worked at Belk’s until his retirement at age 90!
His service will be held at a later date in Troy, Michigan.
Arrangements have been handled by the Central Lake Chapel of Mortensen Funeral Homes. Please sign his online guestbook www.mortensenfuneralhomes.com.
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