John Ernest Baunack, 1931 – 2021
John passed peacefully at Hanson Hospice in St. Joseph, Michigan on Monday, June 21, 2021
John was born April 19, 1931 in Niles, Michigan to Herman and Hildagard (Wogatzke) Baunack. He attended school in Sumnerville, Michigan. John proudly served in the US Navy. John owned and operated John and Curt’s Brake & Alignment Service in Dowagiac, alongside Curt Rohdy.
On July 30, 1955 John married Helen Ward in Dowagiac, celebrating 65 years of marriage. John enjoyed his time spent with Helen at their cabin in Baldwin, fishing, hunting and having a beer with friends at the Dowagiac Moose Club or VFW.
John will be greatly missed by his wife, Helen, daughter Lisa (Tony) Krukowski, grandsons Aaron (Heather) Krukowski, Kyle (Ashlee) Krukowski and Ryan (Donald) Krukowski and great grandchildren Emelia, Jaxson, Wyatt and Maddox, and extended family.
John was proceeded in death by his parents, brother Herman and daughter Anita.
The family deeply appreciates John’s special Caregivers, the Butterfly Caregivers at Hanson Hospice and Caring Circle.
Per John’s wishes, his life will be celebrated privately by his family.
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