John G. "Jack" Walters

Age 72, went to be with his Lord and Savior, February 16, 2016.  He was born January 2, 1944, in Lansing.  Jack attended Holy Cross School and graduated from Sexton High School, and LCC.  John served in the U.S. Air Force, and enjoyed golf, fishing and was a big MSU sports fan.  He retired from Delta Dental Plan of Michigan, was a charter member of Messiah Lutheran Church, and was involved with Tri-County Office on Aging.

Surviving are:  his wife, Patsy (Wilcox); daughters, Mary (Larry) Peterson and Shelli Johnstone; grandchildren, Katie Walters, Carlie Guymer, Nicholas Peterson  and Jordan Barkley; great-grandchild, Lanie; his siblings, Sharon Hartford, Bud (Glenda) Walters, Terry (Janie) Walters,  Sandy (Bill) Rich; many in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.  He was preceded in death by:  daughter, Suzanne Walters; son, John G. Walters, II; and his mother, Peggy Walters.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, February 22, 2016, at Messiah Lutheran Church, 5740 W. Holt Rd., in Holt.  His family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel from 2 – 5 p.m. Sunday.

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Bud & Glenda Walters
February 17, 2016 at 7:33 pm

I will miss my little brother and our weekly visits on the phone.

Sarah Margaret & Dan
February 17, 2016 at 8:46 pm

We will greatly miss seeing Uncle Jack on our visits home to Michigan, but I know he is smiling down on us with Suzy, John, and Grandma Peggy right by his side. I like to think that in the end his heart just couldn’t keep up with him because he gave it out to so very many of us over the years. He was the very, very best and will be remembered by all who knew him.

Terry Walters
February 17, 2016 at 8:55 pm

We talked to each other every night. I’ll miss my best friend and all the good times we had together.

T.C. Walters
February 17, 2016 at 9:13 pm

I will miss my Uncle Jack and his smile and laugh. He always had something kind to say and was always positive. He reminded me a lot of his mom Grandma Peggy in that respect. Glad I was able to spend time with him over the last couple of years whether it was helping him with things around the house or just shooting the breeze with him watching golf on TV or talking to him on the phone about the Spartans, Lions or Tigers. I will always picture him with his video camera walking around videotaping the family at holiday gatherings. He loved being around family whenever he could. Which is just one of the things that I loved about my Uncle Jack.

Janie Walters
February 17, 2016 at 9:19 pm

Jack was a great brother-in-law and a great guy! He is probably already out on the golf course! Love to you, Jack

Kelly (Kelly Girl) & Jim Leece
February 17, 2016 at 9:42 pm

Uncle Jack, you will be sorely missed by all of us. You were always so kind, upbeat and happy. I will never forget the hand held poker machine you brought to me in the hospital and the sweet 16 flowers. I know Suzy, John and Grandma Peggy will be so happy to have you with them again!! Hopefully you have your video camera up there with you. Your home movies are the best!! We love and miss you. I will especially miss my Dad talking to you on the phone and calling you “Ortie”.

Tammy & Dave Walsh
February 18, 2016 at 9:24 am

One of the world’s truly nice guys. Always smiling and happy and had the capability of making you happy also.
Our condolences to the entire family and he will be missed.

Vicki Murphy
February 18, 2016 at 9:59 am

I had a never-ending cousin crush on Jackie since I was a little girl. He always made me feel so very special. And his continuous smile was infectious. I will never forget how supportive he was when our Dad and especially our Mom was ill. He was there for all of us Murphy kids at every turn. Many tears are being shed for you, Cuz.

Amber Schlappi
February 18, 2016 at 10:23 am

One of the good guys! Your bright smile and clever wit will be dearly missed.
Love and light and prayers to all of your family!
Say hello to my Mom xoxo

Dawn Gribben
February 18, 2016 at 10:33 am

That smile! Always there and brought happiness and caring to all of us. You were and are a great guy. What fond memories the Gribben family has of the times at football games, parties, or just being together. One special guy.

Brenda Armitage
February 18, 2016 at 10:49 am

I knew Jack from Delta and am so very sorry to hear of his passing. He was always kind always pleasant and always had a wonderful smile on his face. I know your family will miss him very much.

Tammy Melser
February 18, 2016 at 12:13 pm

Mary, Shellie, and Pat….I am so sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers go out to all of you and your families. All thru high school I was always welcomed in your home by Pat and Jack. Many great memories on vacation with you, at parties, and at family holiday gatherings. You were my second family. I know Mary and I are responsible for some of Pat and Jacks gray hairs!! Jack was always so calm, kind, and smiling….with whatever storm Mary, Shellie, and myself caused. Thanks for the great memories.
Find comfort in knowing Jack is with John and Susie and we will see them again!!

Terri Snook
February 18, 2016 at 5:32 pm

Very sorry to hear of Jack’s death. For a short time Jack was my supervisor at Delta Dental. We referred to Jack as; Good ole Smiling Jack. Always had a smile on his face and in a great mood every day.
What a great person and I am sure will be very much missed by everyone.
Terri Snook

Brett, Nora, Wade & Lauren Lawson
February 18, 2016 at 5:47 pm

Prayers to the family for your strength. He is with our Father now at peace. We are thinking of all of you at this time. Remembering his smile and how he would always make us laugh.

Love and prayers to the family that he leaves behind. Forever in our hearts the memories will stay until we all see him again…

Nancy (Murphy), Dennis, Caroline and Nick Werth
February 19, 2016 at 3:22 pm

It was wonderful to reconnect with cousin Jack last summer. God rest his kind and ever cheerful soul!

Debbie Murphy Church
February 19, 2016 at 8:59 pm

My special cousin Jack…half angel/ half leprechaun…thank you for all of your love and support through the years. Sending love to all of your family …remember Terry,Pat ànd Sandy now he is right next to you all of the time…love and prayers

Sharon Stoll
February 20, 2016 at 8:15 pm

I worked many years with Jack at Delta Dental. He always had a smile for everyone and a great sense of humor. He was a great guy and will be sorely missed. Prayers and well wishes to his family.

Sue Stiles
February 21, 2016 at 1:55 pm

Rest in Peace Jack. I have many memories of you at Delta Dental both professionally and socially. You were so helpful, kind, fun to be around AND liked by so many people; you deserve a special place in heaven. My sincere condolences to Pat and all of your family.

Tama (Tuttle) Allen
February 22, 2016 at 5:23 pm

I also worked with Jack many years ago at Delta Dental. I always remembered his good nature and contagious smile. It seems like just yesterday that I ran into Jack at Lansing Lugnuts. My prayers and condolences to his family and friend Rick T.

Bill Billard
February 24, 2016 at 1:58 pm

I worked with Jack for over 30 years, and I don’t remember him ever in a bad mood or not smiling. One of the good guys, gone too soon. Goodbye, my friend. Blessings and condolences to Pat, Mary, Shelli and the grandchildren. Our prayers are with you.


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