John David Sutphin passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 at his home in Lakeville. He was 84.
John is survived by his lifelong loving wife of 63 years, Joyce, sons John (Karen), Scott (Kelly), and Kirk (Holli). Grandchildren Kyle, Stacey (Lee), Kim, and Tiara. Great Grandchild Logan Ray.
He was born in Roseville on Jan. 18, 1935.
A Michigan resident his entire life, John enjoyed working on his farm, long walks with the dogs, challenging conversation, his community service and riding his motorcycle.
John retired from Michigan Bell Telephone on December 11, 1989 after 40 years’ service.
Active in the community, he helped start the North Oakland Transportation Authorty and served on its board, served as chairman of Addison Township Police and Fire Board for 20 years, served as an elected township trustee for 14 years, worked on the development of and was a park ranger for the Addison Township Watershed Preserve Park.
Services were held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors in Oxford on Oct. 12. It was officiated by Chaplain Dave Gerber.
Memorials in John’s memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or Alzheimer’s Association.