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I have many fun memories with John. Growing up in a small community, everyone is family. I am sorry I could not make the trip for the service, but be sure you are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless.

Posted by: Cliff Huhta Jr. - Ortonville, MI - friend   Jan 11, 2013

We were so sorry to hear of Johns passing. He was such a nice guy. I just seen him during the holidays and was glad that I got to chat with him and wish him well. We have known John for many years and will cherish the memories. God Bless you all during this difficult time.

Posted by: Angie Kolehmainen - Toivola, MI - Friend   Jan 11, 2013

We would like to express our deepest sympathy over the loss of John. I myself considered John one of my friends and we enjoyed fishing and hunting together. I am very sad over his passing at such a young age.
I pray for you all to find peace and strength!

John 16:22
22 So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.
In his Grip,
Stan Felix

Posted by: Stan Felix & Family - Brighton, MI - Friend   Jan 10, 2013

I was so shocked and saddened to hear of John's passing. He was a classmate of mine at JHS, and I remember he always had a smile on his face. Our classmates called him "shorty" :) My condolences to his children and family members. May your find comfort in the memories that you had made over the years, and may God help you through this difficult time.

Posted by: Amanda Johnson - atlantic mine, MI - classmate   Jan 10, 2013

Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you Jack, Debbie, Scott, Eric, and family.
Jim & Tammy LaBeske

Posted by: Jim Labeske - Hancock   Jan 10, 2013

Jack, Debbie, Scott and Eric
I'm so sorry I couldn't make it to the funeral but I have the flu and didn't want to spread it to everyone.
I don't know where to even begin with my memories of John or as we think of him John John. John John and Scottie were the sweet little boys living next door to me when I grew up. The adorable kids that we helped get on the bus on those first scary days

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Posted by: Laurie Leppanen Hiltunen - Hancock, MI - Neighbor/Friend   Jan 10, 2013

Dear Jack, Deb, Scott & Eric we are so sorry for your loss. We will always cherish Johns stories, smile & laughter. Thoughts and prayers to you all. God Bless.

Posted by: Christie Kratt - Friend   Jan 10, 2013

Although I loved swapping stories about hunting and fishing with John what I will miss most is his winning smile. It was always either on his face or just under the surface waiting to burst through. John was unique, for certain, but his smile tied him to everyone he ever met. Last night Julie and I were looking through old pictures of my Winona years. At first I cried but lhen I smiled. John would have liked knowing that we were able to share still another smile together.

Posted by: Dave Morehouse - Baraga, MI - Teacher, then friend.   Jan 10, 2013

Deb, Jack and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. John was a good guy and we will miss him. When we think of John, we will always remember his smile. It always welcomed us when we came home to Winona and will never be forgotten. Love Always Dan & Liz

Posted by: Dan & Liz Bowling - Ishpeming, MI - Friend   Jan 09, 2013

John was such a great person..I have so many childhood memories of our family get togethers. He may be gone but he will never be forgotten, his memory will live on in our hearts forever

Posted by: Jeanie Saari - Mass City, MI - cousin   Jan 09, 2013