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John E. Jaeger

John passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo.

He was born January 18, 1945 in Chicago the son of Elliott and Virginia (Sims) Jaeger. John proudly served his country in the US Marine Corp in Vietnam in communications from 1967 to 1970. John loved to run. He attended DePaul University with a track and field scholarship and is a member of their Athletic Hall of Fame. He had worked at Pipp Hospital in Plainwell and at the VA Hospital in Battle Creek until his retirement in 2009.

He was an accomplished artist and loved to paint and draw. Many of his paintings have been shown locally and he has a piece in this year’s Art Prize in Grand Rapids. John enjoyed following the Chicago sports teams especially the Cubs and also Michigan State University.

On November 20, 1992 at the United Methodist Church of Otsego he married Judy (Stoneburner) Hunt who survives.

Also surviving are his children, Bill Jaeger of Coldwater, Tim (Ruth) Jaeger of TN, Becky (Ryan) Gottried of NC, Ruth Rozankovich of Kalamazoo and Charlie (Blair) Hunt of Wyoming; grandchildren, Ty, Hannah, Nolan, Micah, Abigail, Roseanne and Reuben; sister, Sue (Cliff) Miller of Ann Arbor and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Tom.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may meet with John’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Friday, September 7, 2018, at the United Methodist Church of Otsego until the time of the memorial service at 11:00 A.M., with Pastor Joe Shaler officiating.

Military Honors by VFW Post #3030.

Contributions in memory of John may be made to the

American Heart Association

or to the

United Methodist Church of Otsego.

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Lee and Diane Boysen

September 5, 2018 at 4:50 pm

Dear Aunt Judy, Charlie and family, Ruthie and family, Bill, Tim, Becky and families, including extended families and friends of John and Judy: Please accept our most sincere condolences in the passing of John. We hope that memories of good times shared will sustain you during this most difficult time. Our hearts are with you.


Phyllis Gary (Rector)

September 5, 2018 at 5:10 pm

Dear Judy and family, I saw this on Facebook and was totally surprised. From my family we send our sincere regrets for John’s passing. May the Lord give you comfort and peace. Hold onto all the good memories you made together. Sending our love to you.


Joanne & Mike

September 5, 2018 at 6:31 pm

Judy & Extended Family,

Our prayers for healing are with all of you in the days to come. We are sorry the loss of husband, father, grandfather, brother.

God Bless,

Mike & Joanne Krcatovich


Ellyn & Jim Deneau

September 5, 2018 at 6:33 pm

Dear Judy and Family of Judy and John:

Our thoughts and prayers and love surround you all today and in

the future as you go through this bittersweet time. John’s death has left a hole in many hearts, but he is now well, and whole and with

his savior. Please hold dear to your wonderful memories and we

hope they will sustain you during the difficult times.


Ellyn and Jim Deneau


Kathleen Fisher

September 5, 2018 at 7:14 pm

Judy, so sorry to hear of John’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Lloyd Snyder and Kathleen (Snyder) Fisher.


Brian and Sheryl Austin

September 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm

Judy and family ♥️

Our hearts ache for your loss but rejoice in the fact that John is rejoicing with our Savior! We will continue our prayers of comfort for you all as you move through the days to come . We are here to help in any way we can. Our love … Brian and Sheryl Austin


Mike and Agnes Vanarsdal

September 5, 2018 at 8:56 pm

Dear Judy, so very sorry to read about John’s passing.

May God’s Almighty Grace be with you in the days to come.

Hugs and love to you Judy.

Mike and Agnes Vanarsdal


Brenda Standish

September 6, 2018 at 8:46 am

Judy, we are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Brendda and Bill Standish


Judy Gates Hayes

September 6, 2018 at 12:52 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you(Judy) and your family. Keep his memories close to your heart and he will be with you forever.. Love Judy


Brian Wright

September 6, 2018 at 3:09 pm

Judy & Family:

I just wanted to let you know that I am praying for you all

at this difficult and unexpected time. May God’s Love surround you all and give you comfort.


Brian Wright


Beth & Tim

September 6, 2018 at 8:34 pm

Judy & Family,

So sorry to hear about John. May God put his arms around you

And give you comfort in the coming days. Love you

Beth & Tim


Josephine Pape

September 6, 2018 at 11:47 pm

Dear Judy and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. John will greatly missed as a part of our church family. John will now be able to use his artistic talent, painting pictures for God.


College Press, Brad Fisher & Rob Howell

September 7, 2018 at 8:26 am

Dear Jaeger family and friends,

We send our deepest sympathies at this time of loss. John’s son Tim works at the College Press with us and our prayers are with him and all of his dad’s family and friends. In lieu of flowers we made a contribution to John Jaeger’s church family per John’s request in his obituary. Again, we are so sorry for your loss and we lift all of you up in prayer during this time.


College Press

Collegedale, TN


bonnie ketchum

September 7, 2018 at 9:24 am

Dear Judy and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of John. The happiness the two of you shared is a rock to cling to during these painful times. Sincerely,

Bonnie and Duane Ketchum


Jim & Deb Miller

September 7, 2018 at 9:30 am

We are so sorry for your loss, Judy. May the love of Jesus surround you and bring you comfort during these sad times.


Ruth Jaeger

September 7, 2018 at 9:22 pm

Thank you for your support and expressions of sympathy for our family! We really appreciate it!


Randi Sue Deneau

September 8, 2018 at 5:24 pm

Judy and family I am so sorry for your loss. I know you and John have many memories to help you get through this time. Prayers are with you and your family.


Loretta Stacey

September 9, 2018 at 8:01 pm

Tim, Rebecca, Bill, so sorry for the loss of your father. This was so sudden, that it is difficult to handle. Please accept my sincerest sorrow. He was a fine man and all of us will cherish the memories we had over the years. Hinsdale will never be the same. May God give you strength through this time. Think of all he accomplished in his life. He was a happy man.


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