He is survived by his dear wife of sixty years, Barbara; two daughters, Dawn (Dean Bragg) Hedgecock and Sandy (Bill) Burtch; two grandchildren, Jeff (Cathy) Burtch and Keri (George) Rozansky; one great-grandson, Georgie Rozansky; sister, Jean Day of Daytona Beach, Florida; and brother, Louis of Port Orange, Florida.
John was a retired Master Sergeant of the USAF, having served more than twenty years during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He also was a long time Air Force recruiter in Lansing. John belonged to many service organizations including the American Legion, VFW, 40 et 8, and the Air Force Sergeants’ Association. After retiring from the Air Force, John was employed as a crime investigator for the State of Michigan. John had a great sense of humor and knew hundreds of jokes. A sports fan, he especially enjoyed baseball, football, and golf.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 26, 2011, at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. Interment in Fort Custer National Cemetery will be at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday. The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel on Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Off he goes into the wild blue yonder.