August L. Dusseau's spirit slipped the bounds of earth peacefully at home on November 29th, 2012 after a long, courageous battle with dementia. He was born on August 30th, 1923 in Monroe, Michigan, son of August and Gladys (Stump) Dusseau. Gus was proceeded in death by his beloved wife Janice in 2004, his mother and father, four brothers and one sister. He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Dusseau and her partner Kathleen Summersgill, his brother Vernon Dusseau who resides in Florida, along with many nieces, nephews and extended family in the Michigan-Ohio area. Gus enjoyed life to its fullest with immense enthusiasm and a contagious sense of optimism. He had an eager smile, firm handshake and cherished his friends like family. As a child he lived on the Dusseau family farm in Ida, Michigan. He carried that love of the earth and gardening throughout his life. One of his favorite activities was tending roses, flowers and a vegetable garden at the home he shared with Jan in Ann Arbor for 52 years. In his late teens he left the farm to work at Ford Motor Company as an apprentice tool and die maker. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1944 and became a B-17 Flight Officer. He always carried fond memories of his travels while in the military. After being honorably discharged in 1945, Gus attended Michigan State Normal College (now Eastern Michigan University) and earned a Bachelor's Degree in business in 1950. He met the love of his life Jan after college, and they were married in 1952. He was a quality control supervisor at King-Seely in Ann Arbor and went on to be a plant foreman for Chrysler in Dexter. After retiring from Chrysler, Gus worked at the University of Michigan golf course maintenance department, and later as a consultant for Sheller-Globe. He was an active member of the Elks club, enjoyed golfing and bowling with Jan, fishing on Lake Erie with Earl, attending University of Michigan football games with family and friends, and ushering at U of M basketball games as well. Gus will forever be remembered as a generous, friendly, compassionate man who always looked out for others before himself.
A memorial service to celebrate Gus will be held at 1:00pm on Tuesday, December 4th at the Muehlig Funeral Chapel, 403 South Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Visitation will be preceding the memorial beginning at 11:00am. www.muehligannarbor.com