Canoer’s Memorial Monument

The Michigan Canoe Racing Association (MCRA) Memorial Monument is located on River Road in Oscoda, overlooking Cooke Pond.  As inscribed on the Monument itself, “The crossed paddles are a canoeist’s salute.  These paddles are erected as a tribute to those professional members of the Michigan Canoe Racing Association who were once active in the promotion and participation of canoe racing in Michigan.  As you view the waters of the AuSable or watch canoes racing on our Michigan streams, remember these departed members and their dedication to the sport of canoe racing.”

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Canoer’s Memorial Monument

The Michigan Canoe Racing Association (MCRA) Memorial Monument is located on River Road in Oscoda, overlooking Cooke Pond.  As inscribed on the Monument itself, “The crossed paddles are a canoeist’s salute.  These paddles are erected as a tribute to those professional members of the Michigan Canoe Racing Association who were once active in the promotion and participation of canoe racing in Michigan.  As you view the waters of the AuSable or watch canoes racing on our Michigan streams, remember these departed members and their dedication to the sport of canoe racing.”

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The following people have had their names enshrined onto the MCRA Canoer’s Memorial Monument, categorized by the year in which their name was added.
* designates a non-paddler

1968
Gerald “Jerry” Curley
Edward Dumont
Henry Feldhauser
Arthur Furtaw
Gerald Lauwers

1994
Harry Curley*
Steven Kolonich
Jerry Wagner

1997
Charles Crellin

1999
Eugene Hopper

2002
Donald Burkland

2003
Kevin Curley

2005
Frank “Bud” Bissonette
Donald P. Feldhauser
Robert J. Fullerton
Eugene Jensen
Verlen E. Kruger
Irvin “Buzz” Peterson
William J. Staples
Hugo Wojahn

2006
“Bronco” Bill Brousseau
William “Bill” Dingman
Jerry Grant
Elmer Kellogg
John Kellogg
Robert Kellogg
Karl Neal Ketter
Norman Rogers
James Wakeley
Patrick Robert Widing

2007
Hugh Bissonette
Allen Carr
Delbert Case
Chuck Davey
Gary Neddermeyer
Millard Newman
Eugene Roy
D. John Schofield
Dick Whitney

2009
Joe Bissonette
Captain Howard Brubaker*
Harry Curley*
Braught Middleton
John Sawyer*
Bob Stockton
Gale Wojahn

2010
Roger Carrière
Gerald Cesar
Ted Engle, Jr.
Marion “Mern” Ferris
Charles Hennigar
Percy James Jocks*
Rich Kent
Ronald Kienke
Melburne “Meb” LeMieux, Sr.
Bill Schmitz
Harold W. Spencer
John Wojahn

2012
Glenn Beebe
Blaine Brown
Delbert Curley
Hardin “Frank” Davis*
Todd Ellison
Bill Kahn*
Douglas Killingbeck
Thomas Krause
Ray Snider*
Marilyn Wagner

2014
Donald L. Allen
James C. Allen
Jeffrey A. Allen
Irving Rolland “Rollie” Batdorff
Tracy “Bud” Hubbell
John Hugus
Jeff Kellogg
Jack Kent
Pierre LaPointe
Carl Lenarsic
Jay Stephan, Sr.
Jay Stephan, Jr.
Gerald R. Yotkois

2017
Réjean Huard
Edward “Ed” Martella, III
William “Bill” Martella
John Nemeth
Robert “Bob” Proulx
Joseph W. Seifert, Jr.
Paul Short
Shawn Alan Smith
Stephne “Stevie” Staples*
Douglas Welch

2019
Andrew S. Cherven
Larry D. Cool
James W. Crellin
Bernard J. Fowler
Richard D. Gillings
Robert E. Gillings
Wayne Hintz
Mark J. Kolka
Edward LaMotte
Craig A. McDougall
Al Widing, Sr.


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