John H. Syers

John H. Syers

John H. “Whitey” Syers passed away, Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at his home in Otsego surrounded by his family.

He was born April 24, 1934 in Hopkins, the son of John and Cecil (McBride) Syers. He had worked at Mac Sim Bar, Mead and Rock Tenn until his retirement. In his spare time John enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, going to the casino, playing bingo, spending time with his family especially watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren play sports. On October 4, 1952 at St. John Lutheran Church in Allegan he married Darlene Roblyer who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Mae (Robert) Sousley, Doris Paradine, Mary (Stan) Town, Oney Syers, Glenda (Fay) Brewster, George (Lisa Hazen) Syers, Gail (Rex) Morey and Roy (Gloria) Farnham; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his sister, Freda Harper along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandson, Justin Syers, granddaughter, Bobby Long, great-grandchildren, Johnathon and Lorenzo Mayfield; son-in-law, Robert Paradine; brothers, Carol and Ray Syers and by his niece, Beth Nicholes.

Friends may visit with John’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church in Otsego until the time of the funeral service at 12:00 P.M.

Cremation will follow.

Burial of ashes will take place at Mountain Home Cemetery at a later time.

Contributions in memory of John may be made to Peace Lutheran Church of Otsego.

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  1. Tammy Merrill Bailey says:

    So very sorry to hear of the loss of Whitey. Hope you are all able to keep his laughter alive in your hearts and memories of good times in your minds.

  2. LaRayne Sweet says:

    I will treasure all my fun memories of such a great man and his family..I always felt like family..I’ll never forgot the potato picking and john buying all us kids candy bars and a pop as we rode around in the back of his pickup once the job was complete.. I’ve also been fortune enough to continue to see him weekly at my will truly be missed..xoxo love all of you hugs and prayers

  3. Nancy Schmitt says:

    “Uncle Howard” and “Aunt Darlene” were related to us simply because we were neighbors for longer than I can remember. All of our children were loved by them simply because the existed. Howard always had a sparkle in his eye and smile on his face as he shared stories and wisdom about fishing, hunting, morel mushrooms and more. The story that always comes up is when Uncle Howard found George, Vince and Chris smoking his cigars behind the garage. Well, they finished all the cigars and not feeling to well the decided not to do that again, ever!
    Howard will be lovingly missed by all who knew him. God Bless You Howard. Save us a place at the table.

  4. Lisa Rickli says:

    So very sorry to hear about the loss of John. He was such a dear sweet, funny, thoughtful and kind man who was very special to me and he will be greatly missed. I am very fortunate to have known him and Darlene and have fond memories of times we spent together. They always made me feel like family. Prayers to Darlene and his family. He will be greatly missed . Rest in peace, John.

  5. Sherry (knight) Schumaker says:

    Mary and family, It is with great sadness that I read about the loss of John, he was a wonderful head of a very large family, and seemed to have time and energy for all of you. Thoughts and prayers for comfort and healing.

  6. Phil Broekhuizen says:

    Glenda and family,
    I’m sorry for your loss of John. I hope you have some wonderful memories as you reflect on his life.

  7. Terese LePert says:

    I have many fond memories of John. Some from working with him at the Mill and some from taking trips to Las Vegas with him and Darlene. He had such a mentoring spirit, always wanting to share his knowledge. He will be missed by many. RIP John.

  8. Leon and Amy Wiley says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. We will be thinking of and praying for you.

  9. Sharon fitzpatrick says:

    We will sure miss your smiling face and humor at Friday night bingo. What a dear man.

  10. Debbie brokus says:

    Mae, thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  11. Oney Syers II says:

    I love you grandpa, may you Rest In Peace. I always admired your sense of humor and antics, you had a zest for life that was contagious, you were a provider and honest loving man to your family, always kind and I don’t think I ever seen you get angry, I’ll never forget your redman chew and how you would sneak us kids a tiny bit lol as well you always had a pocket of coins, you’d always give to us grandkids, the memories of up north in Baldwin and the fishing trips to Wolff lake, seeing you in town in your red truck and much more… I know you are in a beautiful place and may you bless us all with your angelic spirit.

  12. Dave Quarry says:

    So sorry To here of your loss. He was a good man all around and I’m so glad to have been able to work, golf and bowl with him. He made you feel like part of his family. I have a lot of fond memories of him and he will not be forgotten. You have our condolences and prayers for the entire family. May he Rest In Peace.

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