Rudolph Henry DeJaegher
Rudolph Henry “Rudy” DeJaegher, age 83 of St. Johns, MI (formerly of Lansing, then Perrinton, MI) passed away Monday, August 21, 2017 at Grace Haven Assisted Living, St. Johns, MI.
A Celebration of his life will be held at a later date and announced when set.
Rudolph was born in Lansing, MI on June 20, 1934 the son of Frederick and Godelieve (Vens) DeJaegher. He spent his early life living in between Belgium and Michigan. His mother enrolled him to attend kindergarten at the age of five in Lansing as was expected, however the school asked him to return after he learned English because all he could speak was Flemish. He went on and graduated from Sexton High School. Rudy retired from General Motors in 1996.
He is survived by his former wife Judy DeJaegher of Sedona, AZ, 3 sons; Steve and Yvonne DeJaegher of St. Johns, MI, David DeJaegher of Lansing, MI, Barry and Natalie DeJaegher of Lansing, MI, 6 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren. Rudy was preceded in death by his parents, son Kenneth DeJaegher and his sister Mary DeJaegher Blondia.
Rudy loved his fishing trips on Lake Erie, deer hunting with his sons, scuba diving adventures in the Caribbean and other tropical regions. He also enjoyed hiking and jeeping during the winters in Gold Canyon, Arizona. Rudy will be remembered as a card shark at playing Euchre, he would try to get a game going whenever or wherever he could. Rudy enjoyed life fully.
Memorial Contributions in Rudy’s honor may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences can be sent to . The family is being served by Smith Family Funeral Homes-Osgood Chapel, St. Johns, MI.
John C. Fitch
John C. Fitch died Friday, August 18, 2017 at the age of 90. He was born July 12, 1927 in Muskegon, MI the son of John S. and Florence (Agate) Fitch. He graduated from Baldwin High School where he played basketball, sang in a quartet and also worked at the movie theater. John joined the Air Force in 1946 and earned the rank of Sergeant before his discharge in 1949. He graduated from Tri-State College in Angola, IN, in 1951 with degree in Electrical Engineering. While in college he met Sylvia McEntarfer, who became his wife in July 1950. In 1951 John and Sylvia moved to Owosso, MI where they raised their five sons, John, Thomas, Roger, Bruce and Bryan. John played golf, hunted small game, fished and loved to play cards with family and friends. He also coached little league baseball, was a member of the YMCA for many years, serving as President of the Y’s Men Club and helped build a log cabin at the Y outpost.
John was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he served on the Board of Directors. In 1989 John was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and he soon retired from Johnson Controls. John and Sylvia moved in 1996 to Florida for nineteen years. John golfed and fished until he could no longer drive or do outdoor activities he loved, so he started making canes and knives, which he gave to friends. John was still able to play cards with family and friends until the very end of his days. In 2015 John and Sylvia moved back to Michigan to be closer to family and able to see their beautiful grandchildren and great grandchildren that live here.
Surviving is his wife of 67 years, Sylvia; five sons, John (Linda), Thomas (Wanda), Roger (Judy), Bruce and Bryan; seven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, and four stepbrothers.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, August 24, 2017 at Lowe United Methodist Church 5485 W. Lowe Rd. St. Johns with Pastor Kathy Leydorf-Keck and Mr. Tim Brussel officiating. Visitation 10:00AM at the church. Interment will take place at 2:30 PM at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Owosso. The family will receive relatives and friends for one hour prior the service at the church. Military honors will be provided by the St. Johns Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation or Heartland Hospice. The family was assisted with these arrangements by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns.