John "JB" Johnson

JB JohnsonBorn April 6, 1949, in Lansing and passed away too soon on February 6, 2016.  John married the love of his life, Fran, on April 23, 1972.  Together, they opened JB’s Party Store & Pizza in Dimondale in 1972, where they worked together every day until their retirement.  In addition to several other businesses, John also owned Mik’s Pizza Supply.  John was an active member of St. Andrew Orthodox Catholic Church, serving as parish council president for many years.

John enjoyed his family time, especially those spent with his grandchildren.  He is survived by his wife, Fran; daughters, Kim (Bob) McFarland and Micki Johnson; grandchildren, Alaina, Marissa and Rachel; and one great-grandson, Carson; brothers, Sam (Sue), Jim, Bill (Robin) and Tom (Pat) Johnson; brothers-in-law, Butch (Susan) and Dan (Karen) Molnar; and many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Alexandra; and parents-in-law, Jim & Irene Molnar.

The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at St. Andrew Orthodox Catholic Church, 1216 Greencrest, East Lansing, with interment to follow in East Lawn Memory Gardens.  His family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, where the Panikhida will be held at 7:30 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Andrew Orthodox Church, or the Greater Lansing Food Bank in memory of John Johnson.

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Karen Kretzinger
February 8, 2016 at 7:55 am

I’m so sorry for your loss. JB was a wonderful man whom I’ve know since I was a little girl from the party store. God certainly has gained another great man and now he’s up there watching over you all. May the memories you have help you through these days to come. Again I’m so very sorry for your loss of such a remarkable man. Hugs and prayers are with you!!

Sandy Verlinde
February 8, 2016 at 8:10 am

My deepest sympathy to all who enjoyed the privilege of calling John family or friend. My memories of John was a man with a smile. Never entered JB’s without a hearty hello and huge smile. So sorry for your loss.

Jenny Rice (Dreysse)
February 8, 2016 at 11:31 am

JB will be greatly missed I have the family since I was a little girl.Fran and family you are in my thoughts and prayers

Jim Barrix
February 8, 2016 at 10:13 pm

I speak for my entire family when I say I am so very sorry to here of John’s passing. I could never go into the party store and not have a conversation with John. And I agree with Sandy Verlinde, John always had a smile on his face. I also had the privilege to work for John and Fran when I was a teenager. He was a good boss and a good person. Thoughts and prayers with all of you. Keep the memories close to your hearts and he will live on within each one of you.

Bob and Diane Millis
February 9, 2016 at 12:26 pm

We wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to Fran and the family.


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