April 2, 1955 - December 1, 2017
Born in Detroit, Michigan
Resided in Clinton Township, Michigan
His sister, Mary, came later. They resided in Detroit while John was young and he graduated from Denby High School. While still in school, he began working at a Country Club so that he could buy a new TransAm. Always hard working and goal oriented he got the car and soon began college at Macomb County Community College.
John and Colleen met much later in 1983 through a mutual friend, Leon Aupperle. Leon and John took Colleen out to the movies to see Revenge of the Nerds and they fell instantly in love. Within 2 weeks they moved in together, because they just couldn’t stand to be apart and within a year were married at the Fern Grotto on the island of Kawaii in Hawaii. John married Colleen in spite of the fact that she was injured in a car accident and would be disabled all her life as a result.
Colleen and John both went back to school, Colleen at Pontiac Business Institute where she earned the Hall of Fame award, and John went to RETS, an electronics vocational school. John earned a 4.0 in every class and every term and was acting as a student teacher when he graduated.
John began building and repairing computers after graduation and quickly became an official computer nerd. At the time of his death he had been working as a Wide Area Network Engineer specialist, troubleshooting complex international computer networks for major international corporations.
When Colleen’s Mother, Violet came to live with them after her husband’s death. John helped to support her until her death in 2014. He provided for her in many kind and thoughtful ways, though as always, living with a mother-in-law was difficult. Insert any Mother-in-law joke you would like here!
John was always known for being both technically proficient and having wonderful interpersonal skills, quite uncommon in the workplace today. He would help everyone, had a generous nature, and would never make people feel diminished or bad because they could not solve problems themselves. He was always quick with a smile and a joke to make everyone feel at ease with him, always maintained a conscientious professional manner with people, and gave of himself selflessly whenever called upon. This was because he always had a deep and abiding faith in God and this was something he shared with Colleen, and obvious basis for their long and enduring marriage of 32 years. He will be remembered fondly and with a smile by all who knew him and will be loved by his wife Colleen for all her life.
John’s family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 6th from 4:00 P.M. until time of service 5:30 P.M. at A.H. Peters Funeral Home, 32000 Schoenherr at Masonic (13-1/2 Mile) in Warren.
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Warren, MI US 48088
Warren, MI US 48088