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John Howard Vincent

December 12, 1935 August 11, 2021
John Howard Vincent
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Obituary for John Howard Vincent

John Howard Vincent - loving husband, father, granddad, proud Naval Korean War Veteran, member of the Milford Presbyterian Church, and dedicated and loyal volunteer passed away on August 11, 2021.

John was born on December 12, 1935, in Kalamazoo, MI to Stanley Vincent and Hazel (Allan) Vincent. After graduating from Kalamazoo Central High School (class of ‘53), he enlisted in the US Navy and served during the Korean War as a Mineman 2nd Class where he received the Good Conduct and National Defense Service Medals. Honorably discharged (61’), John returned to attend Kzoo’s Western Michigan University (B.S Engineering Technology ‘63) and met, then married Judy (VanDeMark) and moved to Walled Lake MI, after accepting a position with the General Motors (GM) Proving Ground Safety Division (Milford, MI). Judy accepted a position as a 2nd/3rd-grade teacher at Keith Elementary School (Walled Lake, MI). While at GM John worked with the Crash Test Dummies to improve automotive safety through vehicle design and also patented new technology for improved seat belt safety function. John retired from GM after 25 years and continued to work in the automotive technology field at Michigan Scientific for 12 years, after which he secured his builder’s license.

John and Judy built their dream home on Lake Sherwood, Commerce Twp (‘65). John loved “lake life”; inviting family and friends to enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, cross-country skiing, homemade horseradish, trash can dinners, and rhubarb pies, evenings of card games, holiday celebrations, annual 4th of July fireworks celebrations and endless sunsets. John loved to build and design things with his vast collection of tools including a model race track, heathkit television, and model cars. John caught the travel bug and for 47 years took his family camping visiting almost every National Park in the United States. John and Jody also traveled internationally to Egypt, Peru, and Europe.

John passionately supported his artistic daughters - Katie a freelance contemporary artist and Jenny, as a music educator and professional musician in the Metro-Detroit area. John was a lifelong supporter of the Arts and devoted himself to volunteerism and philanthropy. For over 50 years John was a member of Presbyterian Church Men’s Club; John also served as Vice President of District 22 United States Jaycees (‘70-’71), traveled to New Orleans on behalf of Habitat for Humanity following Hurricane Katrina in rebuilding homes (‘05-’07), member of the Ernest F. Oldenburg American Legion Post 216, Lakeland High School (Huron Valley Schools) Band Booster President (‘85-87), ushered for many performances and cultural venues throughout the Metro-Detroit area, avidly supported the Spartan Marching Band and the College of Music - Michigan State University. For 35 years, John was a proud and enthusiastic season ticket holder for the Michigan State University Spartans (Marching Band, MSU Football and Basketball). He particularly enjoyed tailgating with his daughters, grandchildren (three generations) and close MSU friends. Go Green Dad!

John is survived by his wife Judith (58 years); two daughters Jennifer Ginther and Catherine (Katie) Vincent Lowran; six grandchildren Elizabeth (Alexander) Schratz, Anna Lowran, LCpl Jack Lowran, Robert Ginther III, Matthew Ginther, and John Ginther, his brother William A. Vincent, nephew Jolyon Vincent and many extended families.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, August 18, 2021, at 11:00am, at Milford’s Central Park Pavillion (159 N. Main St., Milford, MI) lawn chairs are recommended. Luncheon immediately following at the Milford Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall (238 N. Main St., Milford MI).

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorial contributions be made in John’s honor to the Milford Presbyterian Church or to Ernest F. Oldenburg American Legion Post 216, 510 W. Commerce Rd., Milford, MI 48381


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