John Desmond

John Desmond

John Desmond, 83, of Three Oaks, Michigan died peacefully at his home on Sunday afternoon, January 31, 2010.

John was born February 10, 1926 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin to John and Merlinde (Keller) Desmond. He graduated in 1944 from Niles Center High School in Skokie, Illinois, and that same year joined the United States Army. John served his country as an advisor to the Chinese Army. He also served with the 5th Army Escort Service stationed at Fort Sheridan. John was employed at the John Deere Plant in Battle Creek, Michigan and then at Bell and Howell in Illinois. On July 15, 1980 he married Eleanor Stanage in Rock Springs, Wyoming. John loved traveling, camping, gardening and reading. He was a member of the Randall Couchman American Legion Post # 204 in Three Oaks and the Galien Woods Historical Society. He was also a member of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Three Oaks and attended the Saturday morning men’s prayer group at St. Agnes Church.

Survivors include his wife, Eleanor; brother, James Desmond of Libertyville, Illinois; sisters-in-law, Marjorie Prinzing of Chelsea, Michigan and Shirley Ripley of Charlotte, Michigan and many nieces and nephews. His sister, Mary Goring, preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, February 4, 2010 at Pobocik Funeral Home in Three Oaks, Michigan with the Reverend Sherri Swanson officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Three Oaks with Military Honors presented by the Randall Couchman American Legion Post 204. Visitation will be held from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at the funeral home where a Scripture Service will be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesday with the Reverend Father Donald Suberlak, C.R. officiating.

Memorials may be made to: Region of Three Oaks Museum, PO Box 121, Three Oaks, Michigan 49128; Lakeland Hospice, 211 Hilltop Road, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085 or Retirement Fund for the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, 701 Franciscan Way, LaCrosse, Wisconsin 54601.

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