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.
Print Obituary & Condolences Print Obituary & Condolences

Offer Condolence for the family of John A. Artis

Please share your thoughts ...




  • How do I send condolences?

    At the bottom of this page, you will find a condolence form. You will need to fill out some basic information prior to typing your message. (We will not share your e-mail address with anyone)

    Once you are finished, simply click the submit condolence button. Within 24 hours the condolence will be approved before it is published to the web site.

    We also provide a Tell-A-Friend feature located directly below these instructions. This form allows you to send the obituary to a friend. This is particularly helpful to someone who may live out of town.

  • Share This Obituary

    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.