John Beare

John Beare

John Charles Beare of Martin, Michigan, passed away Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at his home. Mr. Beare was born April 10, 1959 on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, South Dakota to Norman and Eva (Pease) Beare. John grew up in South Dakota and moved to Michigan in 1998.

For many years he worked as a firefighter in South Dakota and after moving to Michigan worked at TMD Machine in Plainwell for several years. He enjoyed the out-of-doors, hunting, fishing and taking walks.

On April 24, 1998 he married the former Marcia Visser, who survives. Also surviving are four foster children, Sarah, Lola, Heather and BooBoo; a brother and a sister, Wesley Beare and Evangeline Smith-Beare, both of Montana; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant.

Friends may visit with his family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Sunday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday at the Watson Bible Church, with Pastor James Collison officiating. Burial will be at South Martin Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of John may be made to the family to defray funeral expenses or to the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission.

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  1. Jim and Julie Cutler says:

    Our hearts are hurting for your loss. We will keep Marcia and the Visser family in our prayers.

  2. Jerry and Deborah L. Arms says:

    Marcia,Carol,Harvey,and the entire family..We are all sorry for your
    loss.We felt part of the family and feel part of your loss. Jerry still talks about the first times that he talked to John and how he looked
    forward to seeing him. We are so deeply sad that his passing is now but know that his suffering is over and the King has a new friend “Beare”.
    Jerry and Deborah

  3. Bernadette (Beare) Stars says:

    Just received word of the passing of my cousin and I’m very sad and hurt…He suffers no more and is in a much better place!! Can’t believe he is not being brought back to his family and our people.

  4. Marlene says:

    John will be missed on Wednesdays at the Orangeville Fire barn, where he voluntiered with Marsha. Everyone enjoyed the rolls he brought in. All the people we serve have all of you in their prayers. We know that he is not in pain anymore and that we will see him again some day. Just remember Marcia you are not alone.

    from all of us in Orangeville.

  5. David Dragoo says:


    I am so sorry to hear about John. He was a brave and kind man. I will miss him.

    God Bless You,

    David Dragoo

  6. Jim and Julie Harrington says:

    Our prayers go out to Marcia and Visser family. Sorry for your loss, you will be in our thoughts this coming week.

  7. Sam Smith says:

    Though I did not know you like others in my family, I wish you well uncle John. My thoughts go to your family. Stories of you will live forever. Safe travels.

  8. Elaine Bowes-Lamb says:

    I never met John, but I have known him since 1972, through my friendship with Laurie. He was much loved and will be greatly missed. I still have a photo of him, Laurie, Wes, Mum and Dad – and Flower, which was taken that year. Bon Voyage Johnny – hope to meet you some day.

  9. Len & Robin Wahl says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. John was a good man and we are thankful to have known him.

  10. Bill Lenhart says:

    Marica, I’m sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Sincereity missed Bill Lenhart

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