John was employed as a drafter by Engineering Dimensions, Sealed Power and Frederick Design. He was a big fan of the New York Yankees and enjoyed farming and bowling. He was past-president of Grand Haven’s Bowling Association, and current association manager of West Michigan United States Bowling Congress of Muskegon, where all his bowling buddies knew him as “Pops.” To everyone who knew him, John will be remembered as a very charismatic friend who was fun-loving and full of life.
John will be lovingly remembered and missed by his daughter, Liz (Mike) Novakoski of Grand Rapids; sons, Jeremy (Danielle) Schmidt of Muskegon and Justin (Megan) Schmidt of Grand Haven; step-sons, Roy (Rochelle) Walsh and Joe (Beth) Walsh; 15 grandchildren; sister, Lillian “Tootie” Marcum; brothers, Don (Maxine) Schmidt and Clarence (Lois) Schmidt; and sweetie, Jill Walsh. He was preceded in death by his parents; and three older brothers: Richard, Ed and Frederick Schmidt.
The Memorial Service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, January 7, 2019, at Klaassen Family Funeral Home with Pastor Bill Russell officiating. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, January 6, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the West Michigan United States Bowling Congress. Please visit www.klaassenfuneralhome.com to sign John’s online guestbook.