Alonzo J. Sherman

Oscoda, Michigan
June 12, 1927 - May 8, 2020


A memorial service will be held at a later date

Obituary Notice

Alonzo J. Sherman

Age 92, of Oscoda, MI passed away on Friday, May 8, 2020 at the Aleda E. Lutz Veterans Administration Hospital in Saginaw, MI. Alonzo was born on June 12, 1927 in Grand Blanc, MI to the late Grant and Lucy Sherman (nee Culhane). After graduating from high school, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University in Soil Conservation. Alonzo then earned his Master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1957 and followed that up with a PhD Candidacy at the University of Hawaii. He served in the United States Army for 2 years. His detail included serving as an Intelligence Specialist in Tokyo, Japan. Alonzo’s training landed him at Fort Knox, KY, Fort Belvoir, VA and Fort Myer in Washington, D.C. Following his honorable discharge from active duty, he pursued a career in Federal Civil Service for the United States Government that spanned 20 years. He has resided in Tokyo, Japan for 2 years, Honolulu, HI for 11 years and Saginaw, MI for 2 years. Alonzo moved to Oscoda in 1972, retired in 1978 and pursued his love of genealogy, antique restoration and local history. He belonged to the Huron Shores Genealogy Society and was a past member of the AuSable-Oscoda Historical Society. Alonzo always had a story to tell but his most important lesson was to teach his kids about what a great country we live in. He did that by traveling the United States with his family during much of the 1970’s. Alonzo is survived by his wife Teresa A. Sherman of Oscoda, MI; 4 children, son John Charles Sherman of Los Angeles, CA, son Grant David Sherman of Atlanta, GA, daughter Lucy Ann Fazely of Oscoda, MI, son Allen Joseph Sherman of Port Orchard, WA as well as daughter-in-law Tracey Sherman of Plano, TX and son-in-law Mark Miller of Felton, CA. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Jason Sherman, Sarah Sherman, Michelle Sherman, Matthew Miller, Jesse Sherman, Jeremy Fazely, Pam Goodman, Amanda Goodman, David Carter, Jenny Carter; several great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Alonzo was preceded in death by his first wife of 49 years, Patricia Ann (Raths) Sherman, daughter Josephine Marie (Sherman, LeCureux) Farquharson, son Jeffrey Jay Sherman, daughter Jennifer Louise (Sherman) Miller, grandson David Keith LeCureux, Jr., sister Lucy Norene (Sherman) Hill, twin sister Eleanor Josephine (Sherman) Dougherty and daughter-in-law Cheryl Sherman. A memorial service will be held at a later date and the interment will take place in the Watertown Township Cemetery in Tuscola County, MI. You may offer condolences at


Watertown Township Cemetery - Tuscola County, MI


Lucy and Terri Sorry for your loss, thoughts and prayers are with you during this time.
— Michelle West
So sorry to hear of Al's passing, he was a great asset to genealogy. Al was a very good teacher for us searching for our ancestors. Also he was a member of the Veterans Recognition Plaza Committee for many years and with his help we have a beautiful Veteran Park in Tawas City. Rest in Peace my friend.
— Bill & Sandy Whitford
Huron Shores Genealogical Society and I will miss him terribly. I always told him if he had to go, please, some how, save your knowledge so we could ask questions.
— Judy Sheldon
We will miss Al and his devotion to Genealogy and the History of Iosco County. Thinking of all of his family with special condolences to Terri and Lucy. From all of us at Iosco-Arenac District Library.
— Stephanie Olson
Al's passing leaves a giant in the historical and genealogical community of Iosco and the surrounding counties which will not be filled soon. I mostly miss as I have for the past year being able to visit with him in his hideaway at the library. My condolences to Terri and Lucy.
— Dan Stock
Lon was a tremendous asset to our towns and will surely be missed , his constant indexing of anything local he could get his hands on, building the Huron Shores Genealogical Society to well over 1,000,000 names, and helping the AuSable Oscoda Historical Society & Museum for more than twenty years. His passing has left a hole in our lives, he will be missed for his wealth of knowledge as well as his friendship.
— Fred Glass
He will be remembered and stay in our hearts forever he was a kind caring sharing person so glad I got to spend time with him prayers for peace comfort and strength
— Linda hock
Al had taught me so much over many years researching, indexing and so on. Always looked forward driving to the library working on projects. Rest in Peace Al. Condolences to his family.
— Naomi Stonehouse
Al had the best stories. We loved listening to him. He was a very nice, smart and knowledgeable man. Or hearts are with his family.
— Victoria Peck and Jim Farrand
What a wonderful man we lost. Treasured his knowledge he shared. He let me take home his genealogy books to get ideas years ago. Loved visiting with him when I would go into the library. A great loss to our community. I would like to thank his family for sharing him with us. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and family. Cindy Oldeck, Oscoda Michigan
— Cindy Oldeck
Condolences to the family. I always enjoyed visiting with Sherm while he was doing research at the Courthouse.
— Bonita M. Coyle, retired Iosco County Register of Deeds
Supportive, informative, funny and a superior friend. You will be missed Al.
— JoAnne Kondrat
Terri and Lucy, I am so sorry for your loss.
Alonzo was an icon in the genealogy world, sharing his work and knowledge freely. He was an impressive presence at the Parks Library. His legendary genealogy contributions will live on.
— Mary Althaver
Prayers and condolences to the Sherman family. Mr. Sherman was a fine gentleman who will be missed by many. Blessings to you Lucy, and yours.
— Carol Larabell
So sorry to hear of Al's passing. May God Bless all your family during your time of grief.
— Pat Birnbaum
My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I have fond memories of my Aunt Pat and Uncle Lon and their home in Oscoda.
What a great family!
— Ann Will Harrison
What a tremendous loss for our community. In 2011 when faced with the daunting task of a 100 year remembrance of the Great Fire of 1911, Sherm came through and worked closely with the committee and made sure the information was accurate and provided us with priceless documents. His friendship meant the world to me. Prayers for Terri and Lucy.
— Mary Reitler
So sorry for your loss, I met Alonzo through Market Day at Shoreline Players. I got to hear some of his stories they were fascinating.
— Diane Teddy
Terri, so sorry for your loss. I have missed seeing him all winter
— Leo marciniak
My mom Rosalie Schaaf Peterson, loved him. He was her favorite. Always a smile and a nice word to say of everyone!!
— Family of Rosalie
I was acquainted with Alonzo through his love of art. It was clear to see the pleasure he took from his favorite works of art. In particular, Delacroix lifted his spirit and put a spring in his step. I’m happy to have had the chance to meet Alonzo and Terri.
— Cindy Schwedler
While visiting Alonzo in the Huron Shores Genealogical Society office one afternoon years ago, I asked about the document over his desk. His
eyes lit up and he all but jumped out of the chair. It was a copy of the Sherman coat of arms--registered, of course--and he proceeded to explain
how he had traced his family tree to 1422 and Thomas Sherman, a wool merchant in Diss, England. That was pure Al: a gentleman with a zest for
for life and a love of history.
— --Ed Davis
Terri hugs to you and praying for you and Alonzo's family at this time. Love you! Linda & Gib
— Linda Filer
Terri, Dean and I are so sorry for your loss. You and the family are in our prayers. Feel free to call me anytime, for any reason.
— Pat Lehmann
Alonzo helped my husband, my son and myself explore our family history on several occasions, through the years. We were always so impressed with his knowledge, ability, and his sincere interest in our search. Also, we were amazed at his technical ability and high degree of organization of the genealogy materials.... not an easy task. I feel privileged that I got to know him, and send my sincere condolences to his family and friends. I know that his passing leaves a tremendous loss to the community.
— Arlene Pinkos
Prayers go out to all of you, grieving the loss of Lon. Comfort and peace to you.
— Amy (Babinski) Bartlett
Al touched so many lives. We first met Al at his antique shop on the corner of River Road and US-23. He was so knowledgeable that we spent hours just visiting. Later he helped with our ancestry pursuits. He seemed as thrilled with our discoveries as we were. Our condolences to Terri and the entire Sherman family.
Bart and Val Fredrickson.
— Val Fredrickson
I'm so sorry that Sherm passed and I miss him a lot. My ex-husband and I first met Sherm 35 years ago as we both dealt with antiques (his shop and ours 'Wooden Nickel Antiques) and often traveled together buying those good deals. We always called him Sherm and as you can see that name is engrained in my memory. God Bless you Terry and family and please know that I'm only a phone call away.
— Billie L. Wright
What an amazing man! Full of knowledge and always trying to learn more--and willing to share with everyone. It was an honor to have known him. You have my sympathyl
— Rachel McCready,
We never had the pleasure of meeting AJ Sherman, but the tributes above are so touching. Sarah is a descendant of Abner John Sherman (1808-1863) and we grew up hearing the lore of her colorful ancestors in the Keweenaw country! Sarah's 1st cousin once removed is Nancy Hascall Krohn, who worked closely with Mr Sherman on their shared ancestry. She died a year ago in Ann Arbor and her family has generously passed her research collection to us for ongoing efforts. Reviewing those papers is what led me to find Mr Sherman's obituary. What a gifted and generous man! Our hearts go out to his family and friends for their loss.
— Walt & Sarah Rothwell, from MI but in MN

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