October 22, 2019

John W. Lockhart

Died Aug. 3, 2019


John Wesley Lockhart, 73, ended his journey on earth Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at his home in West Branch with his family by his side.

He was born Oct. 15, 1945, in Highland Park to Russell and Winifred (Sherman) Lockhart. He retired to West Branch in 2007. Formerly, he served as teacher and school administrator at six different Lutheran schools in Illinois, Michigan, Colorado and California. John received degrees from colleges in Ann Arbor and Seward, Neb. On July 15, 1967, he married Carol Jennejahn in Hilton, N.Y. John attended Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Rose City and was a former member of Kiwanis of West Branch. He was a dedicated U of M fan and loved to watch all sports. John coached basketball, softball and track and played slow-pitch softball for several years. He volunteered at churches where he served and enjoyed gardening, cooking, playing euchre and barbecues.

John is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Carol Lockhart of West Branch; daughter, Jennifer Lockhart of Denver, Colo.; grandson, Jonathan Lockhart of Santa Monica, Calif.; brothers, Lawrence (Mary Lu) Lockhart of West Branch and James Lockhart of Addison; sister-in-law, Joyce Redding of Rochester, N.Y.; extended family, Gary (Mary) Bishop of Norton Shores and Joel (Michelle) Bishop of Atlanta, Ga.; goddaughter, Michele Bishop of Grand Haven; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister-in-law, Betty Lockhart.

A celebration service of life and love will be held Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, M-33 and Sage Lake Road, Rose City, at 11 a.m. with visitation starting at 10 a.m. The Rev. Jeff Bonn will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Compassus Hospice or Prince of Peace Church Lutheran Church.

Arrangements were handled by Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home in West Branch.


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