March 26 05:30 PM

John Charles Meissner, Jr.

John Charles Meissner, Jr.

Died: Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Age: 89
John Charles Meissner, Jr., 89, of Almont, MI, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 22, 2009. It has been immensely difficult to find the words to describe John's rich and full life. He was born in Detroit the son of John and Celia.

John is already missed by Evelyn, his lifelong love, friend and wife of 65 years, by his 4 children - John III (Marcia), Barbara, Nancy and Brian (Wanda) - and by his 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Also surviving is brother Arthur. He was predeceased by his sister June Kelm.

John served in the U.S. Coast Guard during WW II, and later as Post Commander of The American Legion Calvary Post No. 276.

He retired from Beaver Precision Products, where he was a Quality Control Supervisor.

He was a skilled carpenter, doing beautiful woodwork for family and friends. He and Evelyn built their first home by hand, built a family cottage, and moved and remodeled their present home in Almont where they have lived for the past 30 years. He had a sharp mind for figuring solutions to complicated problems, a vibrant curiosity and an understated sense of humor that created an abundantly happy life.

John always demon-strated his love and devotion to his wife and family, to his community and to the Lord. He took his family on long summer vacations, spent time at their cottage, and was always there to help whenever a problem arose.

In the community, he served for several years as president of the Almont Area Senior Citizens. In 2007, he was honored as "Citizen of the Year" by the Chamber of Commerce. He was active in the churches he and Evelyn attended as a Sunday School Superintendent, choir member, leader in the Christian Service Brigade and later, as a deacon at Hunters Creek Community Church.

John was a devoted Christian, an exceptional, faithful husband, and exemplary father. We are all better for having known him - for learning from his example of quiet contemplation, dedication and steadfastness. Through a life filled with countless acts of selflessness, John was a living example of how to life a life filled with virtue, dedication and love. He will greatly missed.

The funeral was held Monday, December 28 at the Hunters Creek Community Church in Lapeer with Pastor Joel Caminiti officiating. Arrangements entrusted to Muir Brothers Funeral Home in Almont. Share your thoughts with the family at the online guest book at
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