John R. Holcom

John R. Holcom

John passed away Friday, July 28, 2017 at Diana’s Care in Otsego.

He was born June 30, 1925 in Leroy, MI the son of Russell and Beulah (Strine) Holcom. John proudly served his country in the US Navy during WWII. For many years he had been a mechanic at Clark Equipment in Battle Creek until his retirement in 1986. John enjoyed his retirement working in his shop at home doing wood work.

Over the years he had made several musical instruments and pieces of furniture for his family and friends. He also enjoyed working in his yard and garden. John was a member of Peace Lutheran Church of Otsego. On May 7, 1949 at the Augustana Lutheran Church in Tustin, MI he married Margaret Fauble who passed away in 2013.

Surviving are his children, Carol Rose of Plainwell, John (Deb) Holcom of Tifton, GA and Marcia (Dale) Working of Kalamazoo; 5 grandchildren and many great and great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Ronald (Kathy) Holcom and siblings, Robert, Elwood and Ronald Holcom and Louella Briggs.

Friends may visit with John’s family from 3-6 P.M., Sunday, July 30, 2017 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Monday, July 31, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church in Otsego with Pastor Nathaniel Timmermann officiating.

Cremation will follow.

Burial of ashes will take place at Sherman Township Cemetery at a later time.

Contributions in memory of John may be made to Peace Lutheran Church of Otsego or Wings of Hope Hospice of Allegan.

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  1. Sherry (knight) Schumaker says:

    Marcia, so sorry to you and all the family at the loss of your father, you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  2. Kim Martin Kanet says:

    I am so sorry for you loss Marcia. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  3. Mick & Nancy says:

    Marcia, we are saddened by your father’s death. While we did not know him, knowing you, we are sure he was a grand fellow.

  4. Reg Kissinger says:

    Sorry for your loss, sounds like he had a great life, he’ll be missed for sure

  5. Sherri (Edwards) MacEachron says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Johns passing, we had been neighbors for 53 years and he will definately be sadly missed in the neighborhood for sure. may you RIP Mr. John Holcom

  6. Lynette and David Cree says:

    Carol, We are so sorry to hear your dad passed. He is with your mom and Ron now and singing with the angels. You are in our thoughts and prayers also.

  7. Jan Myers says:

    Carol and family. I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I know this is a difficult time for all of you. Please know my thoughts
    are with you and will pray for your healing peace. Rely on your
    many precious memories to carry you through this time of healing.

  8. Doug Wood says:

    Carol, John, and Marcia. I am sad to hear of your loss. Your dad was a great man with a wry sense of humor and a quick laugh. I fondly remember our families traveling together, camping and hunting for mushrooms. My thoughts are with you. Doug Wood

  9. Jeannie Van Haitsma says:

    Marcia & Carol so sorry for the loss of your Wonderful, Loving father.

    He is rejoicing in Heaven, with no pain, no sorrow!


  10. Stephenie Tebo Klingler says:

    Marcia and family I’m so very sorry to learn of your dad’s passing. I know he will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace.

  11. DOLORES PULVER says:

    I pray for comfor you at this time. He was a blessing to ALL he came in contact with. He never stopped growing in his knowledge.

    I pray you feel surrounded with his presence and feel his LOVE, PEACE and JOY, that only he can give.

  12. MaryAnn Kline says:

    We are so sorry for the loss of your father. John was such a wonderful man with a warm smile. He will be missed. He was such a blessing to this world and showed the love of his Savior to all. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. Russell Culver says:

    It has been a pleasure to have known John as a friend

  14. Sandi Culver says:

    Carol, Marcia and John…
    So sorry for your loss. Your father was a good man with a kind and gentle soul. Thinking of you.

  15. Donna Rose Wisnaski says:

    Carol, John, and Marcia. I’m so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. I know that he is in a better place now. He sure was a Great Guy!
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  16. Jacque Jennings-Carter says:

    Carol and family,

    I was so saddened to read about your father’s passing in Sunday’s Gazette. My heart and thoughts are with you and your family. I know he will be missed so much by so many. I didn’t have the chance to really know him but I know he was a wonderful person.

  17. Scott and Genevieve Wrobleski says:

    John was an amazing neighbor to the Wrobleski family. He was one of those men that we truly admired for his hard working ethics, talent, and heart. We know he is in heaven happy with Jesus and his dear wife.
    God Bless all the family.

  18. Mike and Sally pritko says:

    Carol so sorry to hear of your Dads passing, prayers for you and your family.

  19. Tom & Susan (Jerrett) Sawasky says:

    Carol, We were so sorry to see you have lost your dad! May you have wonderful memories! Prayers!

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