Our loving husband, father, brother, and friend passed away January 14, 2013, at the age of 59 with his family by his side. John was born August 7, 1953 to Wayne and Naomi Blanchard in Coldwater, MI. He married his bride, Sherrie, on October 20, 1979 and enjoyed 33 years of marriage. In addition to his wife, John is survived by his three children, Alisha, Lindsay, and Michael; brother, Bruce (Diane); special friends Hunt and Luann Sweitzer; and his fat cat, Sophie. His many family members and friends will miss his humor, generosity, and selflessness. John found the greatest joys in being a husband and father, camping with friends, riding his motorcycle, and boating. For over 30 years, John was employed by Stafford-Smith (Brothers Restaurant Supply) where his colleagues admired his attitude, positive outlook, and kind demeanor. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 18, 1:00 p.m. at the Palmer, Bush and Jensen Family Funeral Home, Holt Chapel with Pastor Ken Harger officiating. Interment will follow at Maple Ridge Cemetery. The family will receive friends two hours before the service, starting at 11 a.m. For those wishing, memorial contributions may be made to Meals on Wheels in memory of John.