John R. Flatt

John R. Flatt

John Richard Flatt passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at his home in Plainwell. He was born April 3, 1949 in Dyersburg, TN the son of Alton and Faye (Carson) Flatt. John proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He had worked for Parker Hannifin for many years until he retired in 2013. He had been a member of Otsego Rotary and the Lynx Golf Course. John enjoyed golf, vacationing in Jamaica, skydiving, and he was an avid history buff. He was a generous person, especially with those he loved and he was always helping friends and neighbors.

On July 3, 1993 John married Nancy Elaine Moyer who survives. Other survivors include his son, Brandon Shane (Jill) Flatt; daughter, Casey Linda (Ross) Hakamaki; step-son, William Corey Ames; granddaughters, Amara, Brenna and Chloe’ Flatt; his father, Alton (Peggy) Flatt; siblings, John Wyninegar, Kirk Wyninegar, Rita Sanders, Patti (Frank) Sachenbacher, David Wyninegar and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Faye Wyninegar; brother, Richard Wyninegar; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Carl and Jeanette Moyer; brother-in-law, Joe Moyer.

Private family graveside services will be held at Mt. Home Cemetery in Otsego.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 17, 2017 at John’s second home, the Lynx Golf Course, Otsego at 4pm with Pastor Howie Ohman officiating. There will be a time of visiting and celebration to follow until 8pm.

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of John may be made to Alternatives of Kalamazoo, St. Jude Children’s Hospital or to the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission.

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  1. Jim & Kelley Dendel says:

    Nancy, our thoughts are with you! John was such a positive man, always with a smile and kind word. He will be missed by many!

  2. Sherry and Ken Schumaker says:

    Our hearts are broken for you Nancy and your entire family. John was so friendly, smiley, and never met a stranger. He will be missed and you are in our prayers.We love you

  3. Yvonne Earle says:

    Nancy , My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. So sorry about John.

  4. Moyer family says:

    To our dear sister Nancy, we are holding you in our hearts while you’re wrapped in the arms of the Lord. judyjimginnypatdonnamargaretjohnmarycarlgerrytherese

  5. Dave and Stef Makela says:

    Nancy keeping you and your family wrapped in our love thoughts and prayers….

  6. Kerry & Sue Knight says:

    Nancy we are Heart Broken to hear about John he will be missed by all you will be in our Prayers

  7. Kevin and Jeanne Lewis says:

    Our deepest condolences! Nancy you’re in our thoughts and prayers! May He Rest In Peace !

  8. Eunice LaFountain says:

    John was manager over three planet as personal manager.He was a kind man always smiling always energetic.i was supervisor under him.and he gave me alot of good advise. I liked him alot.
    Tootie LaFountain

  9. Joyce mohrland says:

    Nancy I am so sorry for your family’s loss. John was such a wonderful man. Your in my thoughts and prayers. I was so happy to see John at the lynx this summer and I got to give him a hug. ♥️

  10. Fred and Susie says:

    We are so very sorry! To us John was bigger than life! God blessed him with you, Nancy and his very special children, grand children and many friends and in turn he showed his gratitude to our Lord with a zest for life and his people. We will see you in heaven someday Johnny!❤️Love Fred&Susie

  11. Sally & Dan Perrin says:

    Our deepest sympathy for you Nancy and your family. I was lucky enough to work with John once in awhile, and not just know him through you. He as a wonderful man and will be greatly missed by so many. May God watch over you and your family in the days to come. You are not alone.

  12. Erin Veldt says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss Nancy. You and John have always been such wonderful friends to my parents. I know he will be extremely missed. I always loved seeing him around town and when I used to see him at Big Top. He always had a great smile and kind word for me and Rob. My sincerest condolences to you and the rest of your family.

  13. Chris McNutt says:

    Nancy, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Jim & Chris

  14. Jen &Tim Rayman says:

    Many great memories at Prairiewood with him and Nancy. Prayers to the family

  15. Sherry Hanson says:

    I was so sad to hear about John.
    My thoughts & prayers are with you and your family .
    Bless you,

  16. Mike and Agnes Vanarsdal says:

    Nancy, so very very sorry to hear of John’s passing. I know the Moyer Family and their strong faith will help you through this difficult time.
    May God’s Grace be with each of you who loved John.

  17. Diane (Rex) Glessner says:

    Dear Nancy,
    Such a difficult time for you. I’ve not stopped thinking and praying for you since I heard the sad news. May God’s nearness penetrate your soul. Sending love from John and me. Diane

  18. Penny Browning Baker says:

    Nancy, Still trying to wrap my head around this. Thinking of his no nonsense, say it like it is style…a PH Cleve Corp exec, who treated all with honor and respect, from Pat Parker, down to me…except for you, Nancy. He was absolutely geekified over you. You have been so so loved. Prayers.

  19. Lisa Hicks says:

    Nancy & family,
    So sorry to hear about John. Sending prayers for comfort and peace during this time.

  20. Gabe and Alicia Rex says:

    Nancy, words cannot express how sorry we are about the loss of your precious and very beloved husband. Praying to our Heavenly Father, that He would comfort you as only He can. We love you.

  21. Gene and loretta hock says:

    Gene and I are praying and fondly remembering our meeting Gene’s twin at Whitehouse. You both are special,beautiful and it’s hard to believe your loss. Nancy we send a huge hug to you from us. xo

  22. The Salinas Family says:

    So sorry for your loss – Nancy. Please accept our condolences and sympathies- The Salinas Family.

  23. DEBBIE BENZIE says:

    My deepest condolences! Nancy you’re in my thoughts and prayers! May John Rest In Peace❤️

  24. Linda Venen-Cole says:

    My deepest condolences to you and your family ! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  25. Vanderhoff says:

    Dear Nancy, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Dick and Sue VanDerhoff

  26. Ed and Cindy Hammond says:

    John was so generous and thoughtful. It has been our privilege to have known him. We loved hearing him tell stories! What a great guy. Nancy you are loved and we will continue to lift you up to the one John put his faith and trust in.

  27. Bob Miles says:

    Nancy so sorry to hear of your loss. I always enjoyed talking to John, he was always so upbeat and positive.

  28. Janelle says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you, Nancy. Deepest condolences.

  29. Wes & Zana Williams says:

    Nancy, Wes and I are shaken, so sorry to hear about John. We have many good memories of John. We are sending prayers for you and your family. Love you girl.

  30. Tom and Mary Loughead says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  31. Dwight & Sandi Buchholz says:

    We came to know John and Nancy through our annual vacations to Jamaica. For eight years we looked forward to their arrival day on the property. A hug from both of them made us feel like we were safe and among family again. Now as to why John was a special man…being from western Canada we were used to explaining our home and country to many folks we met in Jamaica. John was the exception. He knew more about Canada than many Canadians did, and what he didn’t know he took the time to research and learn. He did all of this to make us and other Canucks he met feel comfortable. Dwight in particular will always remember the pre-dawn chats he had with John…a fellow early riser. No topic was untouched, and we both came away feeling listened to and respected. A rarity in these turbulent times. Nancy and family…you have lost a very good man. Our hearts are breaking for you as you deserved many more years with him. We know you will always treasure his memories.

  32. Scott and Terra Morgan says:

    Nancy and family,
    We were so sorry to hear of your loss. We will always remember John as a very kind man. Praying for you all.

  33. John & Debbie Lambert says:

    We are deeply sorry about the loss of John. As you grieve, know that we are remembering and honoring him. Nancy, our hearts go out to you and your family. Although, we don’t know exactly what to say, we want you to know that we are remembering John’s positive ways-with a big smile and a great sense of humor, always great with a story. God be with you and your family. John & Debbie Lambert

  34. Heidi Plunkett says:


    I am sorry for your loss. Praying for you.

  35. Bill Ball says:

    John was a great addition to the Lynx Men’s Golf Association, a good golfer , and a great person to share a few hours with playing golf. Another beloved member of our association that has been taken from our group way too soon.

  36. Tom and Chris Pete says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Although we have only known you a couple of years both Chris and I considered you both as very close friends and I considered John a close brother. He will be missed. May God comfort you and keep you during this difficult time.

  37. Judy & Jerry VanOrder says:

    Nancy and family our prayers and thoughts are with you. John was a easy man to work for and we shared many happy and sad times together over many years. May our good and loving God hold you all in his embrace and give you strength. Judy and Jerry

  38. Anne Tripp says:

    I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Anne Tripp

  39. Wendy Hendricks Moyer says:

    Nancy, Brian and I are grieving with you over John’s loss. We are grateful we got to know John and were so thankful you had many happy years with him. We love you so much and please know you are in our prayers. Our Lord and Saviour holds you in the palm of His hand.
    Wendy and Brian

  40. Chris and Trinka Carman says:

    Nancy, we are so sorry for your loss! We will continue to lift you and your family up in our prayers, now and later. We know God will hold you in His arms through this difficult time. We love you!

  41. Lorna & Craig Sisson says:

    Dear Nancy and family.
    Words cannot express our sadness for you at this terribly difficult time. You are in our thoughts hearts and prayers. May God give you His peace thru your wonderful memories.

  42. Terri Fairfield-Gott says:

    I worked with John many years at Parker. He was such a wonderful person. I’m in shock to hear this. God Bless you, Nancy. He will be missed and may he RIP.

  43. Kathi Fuss says:

    Oh, Nancy: I was so sorry to hear of John’s sudden passing!! My thoughts and prayers are with you. Memories are SO important at this time! Love, prayers and hugs are sent to you!!

  44. Mike and Rhonda Cochran says:

    Nancy so sorry for your loss John was one of the good one and was taken way to early will he will be missed by all. Mike and Rhone Cochran

  45. Julie McWilliams says:

    Nancy, family and dear friends of John, my heart is breaking for all of you. I have admired and respected John professionally as a mentor, colleague and dear friend For so many years. I will always remember him for his love for laughter and generosity. Holding you all up in prayer, julie Mcwilliams

  46. Michele Proos says:

    Nancy, I’m so sorry , you’re in my thoughts & prayers. John was a good man,my heart goes out to you. May God’s love & peace surround you during this difficult time.

  47. Joyce & Dan McClellan says:

    So very sorry for your loss Nancy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  48. Carolyn Newman says:

    Nancy, I am truly sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  49. Donald R MAkela Sr says:

    Nancy my thoughts and prayers are to you for your loss

  50. Dennis and Anne Kirby says:

    I cannot believe I am reading this sad news. We are heartsick for everyone who loves John. What a tremendous loss.

  51. Jen Schaap says:

    Sweet Nancy, my heart is broken for you and your family. Saying hi to John was a bright spot for me on Sunday mornings. Praying for you all!

  52. Kevin & Melissa Leiby says:

    We are so saddened by your loss. May God grant you comfort and peace during this difficult time.

  53. Stan & Nicki says:

    John was such a tender hearted and giving man. His passing is a great loss to all who are left behind! Nancy, we are praying for you and the rest of your family and lifting you to the One John put his faith and trust in. Hugs from Costa Rica friend!!

  54. Ryan & Molly Wieber says:

    Nancy, we are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was a kind, confident, forthright, and a genuinely happy guy, and we’ll miss his quick wit and smile. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  55. Mark & Patty Chapman says:

    We are so sorry for the loss of John. Our prayers and love are with you in this difficult time.

  56. Dan serbin says:

    Nancy. I am saddened by the news of John’s passing. He was a great guy and a wonderful leader. You have my thoughts and prayers. Dan serbin

  57. Jim Baskey says:

    Nancy, I worked with John for many years at Parker and always enjoyed time spent with him. He was a good friend and will be sorely missed. I’m sorry I can’t attend the services you will be holding but my thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.

    Jim Baskey

  58. Marcello and Rose says:

    Nancy, our thoughts, prayers and love are being sent your way. We will forever cherish our wonderful vacation to Jamaica where we were lucky enough to meet you and John. John is an amazing person and will be sadly missed but forever in our hearts. We will always remember him for his wonderful humour and sense of adventure…..especially in ordering dinner. Love always the Damn Canadians!

  59. Tony and Gayle Piscitello says:

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family, John was a wonderful and well respected man.

  60. Teri and (Kevin) Hammond says:

    Nancy, may our heavenly Father wrap you in His loving arms and comfort you during this difficult time. So sorry sweet lady…prayers and hugs!

  61. Brooke & Jake Keene says:

    Nancy, you are in our thoughts and prayers! We are so sorry for your loss!
    Hugs! Brooke and Jake

  62. Sherry L Crossley says:

    Nancy – I’m so very broken-hearted to hear of your loss. Praying for you and your family tonight.

  63. Kathy Flynn Richardson says:

    Nancy, I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in the love of family and friends.

  64. Dianne (Dommert) Burkhart says:

    My thoughts & prayers are soo.. wiith you!! I ‘ve missed both you and John for long time! God Be With You!

  65. Lonnie Corbin says:

    Nancy, what a wonderful man John must have been. I’m sorry to have never met him. Sending my love and grieving with you.

  66. Arlene Campbell says:

    Nancy, we send our thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this most difficult time. Enjoyed chatting with you both at the class reunions. David and Arlene Campbell.

  67. bart and evelyn steele says:

    So sorry to hear about John, We know you were very happy in the life you shared. Our thoughts and prayers are always with you.
    Love to both you and Corey.

  68. David & Arlene Campbell says:

    We’re thinking of you Nancy.

  69. Jon & Christine Campbell says:

    Nancy and family, our sincere sympathy for the loss of John. He was one of the good guys.

  70. Ivan & Kathy Kibby says:

    Dear Nancy, we were saddened to learn about John. May God’s grace surround you and hold you close.

  71. Chris & Lynne Kelsey says:

    Nancy- We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  72. Sandy and Dan Fleming says:

    Dan and I want to extend our deepest and most sincere sympathy to the entire Flatt family. We are sorry to hear of the passing of John.

  73. Nancy and John Paffhausen says:

    Nancy, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know you are in your our thoughts and prayers.

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