John A. Artis

John A. Artis
John A. Artis of Kalamazoo, Michigan, passed away Sunday, May 30, 2010. John was born August 19, 1965, in Plainwell to Larry and Mary (Dumas) Artis. He was a 1983 graduate of PlainwellHigh School and a 1985 graduate of ITT Institute in Grand Rapids. For 25 years he was employed with D.L. Gallivans Office Solutions, eventually becoming co-owner of the company. John was a member of New Vintage Ministries of Kalamazoo and also a member of the National Rifle Association. In his leisure time he enjoyed farming, hunting and fishing. He raced cars and crew chiefed at the Kalamazoo Speedway and loved playing paintball, volleyball and mountain biking. He also enjoyed spending time with his dogs, Roscoe and Betsie. On October 15, 1988 he married Susan Brest, who survives. Also surviving are his children, Dale and Tara; his parents; his brothers, Bill (Tammy) Artis of Kalamazoo, Mike Artis (John DeGrush) of Kalamazoo and Matt Artis of Otsego; his grandmother, Lucille Osborn of Plainwell; his mother and father in-law, Donald and Rubie Brest of Otsego; sisters and brother in-law, Lori (Terry) Coe, Jan (Mike) McKee both of Otsego and Donnie Brest of Martin; many nieces and nephews. Cremation has taken. Friends may meet the family from 5 to 8 P.M. Thursday at the Friendship Wesleyan Church, 1285 – 102nd Ave., Plainwell, Michigan where a Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, Rev. David Bruininks officiating. Contributions in memory of John may be made to a scholarship fund for his children.
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