John Seekman

John Seekman

John A. Seekman of Otsego, Michigan passed away Friday, November 4, 2011, in Kalamazoo. John was born February 22, 1936 in Watson Township to John and Winnie (Zoet) Seekman and was a lifelong resident of the area. For 43 years he was employed with Plainwell Paper Company, retiring in 1998 as a truck driver. He also did excavating work as John’s Excavating. In his leisure time he enjoyed being in the woods, cutting wood, restoring antique tractors and attending auctions. He enjoyed cooking and his specialty was ham and scalloped potatoes. John loved his family and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving are his long time companion, Theresa Jean Sours of Otsego; his children, Jerry Seekman of Hastings, Joyce Seekman of Otsego, Jeanie (Jon) Laurin of Allegan, Joni VerHage of Plainwell and Joseph (Tina) Seekman of Centreville; his step-children, Saundra (Bob) Slotman, Nick (Toni) Rankin, Mike Rankin and Wendy (Ken) Rankin; 16 grandchildren, Sarah, Laurie, Marie, Barbie, John, Amy, Angie, Carl, Brian, Kevin, Spencer, Heather, Heidi, Ryan, Travis and Jared; 13 great-grandchildren; siblings, Harley “Bud” Seekman, Joann Button, Dorothy Hunt and Richard Seekman; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Marie, Eddie Mae and Shirley.

Friends may visit with John’s family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. Monday at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego, where Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, with Celebrant Bill Rose officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.

Contributions in memory of John may be made to Paws with a Cause, Wayland.

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  1. Amy says:

    Please view his complete life story at

    Thank you.

  2. Lynne Boss Fahrne says:

    Dear Seekman Cousins, and family
    I’m sad to see that Uncle Johnny has passed away. I always enjoyed Uncle Johnny. He always was friendly, smiling, loving, kind, compassionate, and happy! May God Bless your family with peace, guidence, love and comfort. I love you all!

  3. Wendy J. Rankin says:

    I will always remember the great times our family shared with John. And I am very lucky to have had him for a step-father. He was a kind and generous man. He will be missed very much.

  4. Bruce & Kathy Nogle says:

    Our deepest sympathy to John’s family. This is a diffacult time for all of you. We care.

  5. Cindy Tripp says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Uncle Johnny passing away. I have several very fond memories of him during my childhood. He was always smiling, cheerful, talkative, and a pleasure to be around. My heart goes out to all of you, especially, Jerry, Jeanie, & Joyce.

    You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you grief the lose of your father, a wonderful man!

  6. Ron and Eva Harman says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Just remember the good times – that is the only thing that will help you through this. He is looking down on you and he will be looking out for you always. Let us know if there is anything that we can do to help. We love you Joyce and our strength is being sent your way. Ron and Eva

  7. Michael and Kim Schaafsma says:

    Uncle Johnny always made you feel comfortable around him what a likable guy. Hugs and more hugs cousins. Love ya Kim and Michael

  8. Brenner family says:

    may gods peace be with you & your family, as you continue down the path he has made for you.Memories are forever* Enjoy everyone of them.thoughts and prayers, God Bless
    The Brenners,

  9. Dawn Youtzy Forney says:

    Joan and Seekman family I’m so sorry for your loss.Remember the good times,share them and hold on to your memories.

  10. Danene Gless says:

    Theresa and entire family so very sorry for your loss. Our condolences are with you. May you find peace. God bless. The Gless’

  11. Nancy Lane Johnson says:

    Theresa, Joyce and family, I am so sorry about John passing away. My condolences to you and your families upon this difficult loss. Joyce, after talking with you at the funeral home, I remembered that I think I attended your wedding shower years ago. Small world. John had a warm, friendly and open manner about him that was very pleasant.

  12. Edee Thompson says:

    My prayers are with you Joyce, Jeanie, & family.

  13. Dana Bryant says:

    Thoughts and prayers sent from the Bryant family. I’ll never forget our time on the fly-in fishing trip to Canada! I was so glad to be a part of your familys trip!

  14. Jim and Vickilee Miller says:

    Theresa, and family, sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go with you at this time.

  15. dale hall says:

    to the family of john, i only knew him from work,a good worker and a honest man,will be missed by all.dale hall

  16. Jim and Julie Harrington says:

    Sorry for your loss, We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

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