John R. Walsh Jr.

Died November 22, 2021

John R. Walsh Jr., age 81, passed away November 22, 2021, at home surrounded by his family.

John was born February 19, 1940, in Detroit, Michigan, to John R. and Dorothy V. (Twomey) Walsh. His family moved to West Branch in 1944.

John graduated from West Branch High School in 1958, where he played football and basketball. John enlisted in the US Army September 1958 to September 1960. His first two years were spent in Germany as a counselor for other soldiers as they faced adjustment problems in a foreign country. John worked for Ralph Nelson at Ogemaw Trails Pontic Buick GMC, as a bookkeeper and a general manager, later becoming owner with Ralph Nelson for many years. John later sold cars for Wiltse Pontic Buick GMC and Harts Buick GMC until he retired. John loved bowling, golfing, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and camping; all those activities he enjoyed with his wife, family, and many friends. John had a smile and listening ear for everyone.

John and his wife Donna Jean (Pekrul) Walsh married in 1964 at the First Methodist Church in West Branch, Michigan. They spent 57 years together, enjoying life and the blessings of Michigan’s great outdoors and wonderful friends.

John is survived by his loving wife, Donna; daughter Diana (Brad) Bissonette, grandson Tanner J. and granddaughter Savanna J. of Gladwin, MI; son Michael J. (Tammi) Walsh of West Branch, MI; granddaughter Kathleen Walsh (Nick Thompson) and great-granddaughter Charlotte Bell of Bay City, MI;  grandson Austin (Kayla Webb) Krawczyk, great-granddaughter Addalynn and great-grandson Maverick Krawczyk of Millington, MI; and grandson Alex (Kaitlyn Bowles) Krawczyk and future great-grandson of Roses, MI. John also leaves behind his brothers David G. (Ruthann) Walsh of Savannah, GA, and Richard (Debbie) Walsh of Bay City, MI; sister-in-law Lisa Walsh of West Branch, MI; and several nieces and nephews.

John is preceded in death by his parents John R. and Dorothy V. (Twomey) Walsh; brother Brian N. Walsh; grandparents George and Florence Brown; Uncle Leo V. and Aunt Lillian Walsh

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation starting at 10:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, 2490 West State Rd. West Branch, MI. Pastor Tim Dibble will officiate. John will be laid to rest at Brookside Cemetery, West Branch, MI.

Remembrances can be made to First United Methodist Church in West Branch, MI.

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