top banner

Obituary Listings

A Family Tradition of Dignified Service

John "Jack" Francis LaHaie

August 13, 1944 October 11, 2021
John "Jack" Francis LaHaie
There are condolences waiting approval on John "Jack"'s Tribute wall
Obituary for John "Jack" Francis LaHaie

John “Jack” Francis LaHaie Jr., of Milford, and co-founder of the local 6-K Construction, passed away peacefully on October 11th, 2021, while surrounded by his family. He was 77 years old.

Jack was born in St. Ignace, Michigan. The oldest of nine, he grew up on the Straits of Mackinac, watching the bridge being built, playing with siblings and cousins, close to the church, school, grandparents, aunts and uncles. He would tell stories of jumping off the roof into snow, getting in trouble for playing on the train tracks, digging a basement under their house at nine years old, painting the convent for the nuns, working at The Glass Kitchen, and the woes of sharing one bathroom with a large family.

Early on he discovered that working hard with his hands was his path. After a short stint in Florida, he realized he was a Michigan boy and went back across the bridge to his family. From there, he began working for the State Highway Department. This brought him south of the bridge and ultimately to Southeast Michigan.

In 1966, Jack was invited by a friend to a dance with nursing students from Providence. His response? “Is the Pope Catholic?!" Of course he wanted to go to a party with nursing students! There he met Karol. Jack walked in, saw that tall brunette and said "I want to meet her.” For the next several weeks, Karol played hard-to-get, but finally went out on a date with the boy from the U.P. Nine months later, Jack and Karol were married in Battle Creek.

In 1969, after a brief time in San Francisco, Jack and Karol were again living in Michigan and welcomed their first born, Michael. Jack was always in awe of Mike's talents and success. Mike’s creative side led him into a film and television career that impressed Jack. There was never a time when saying Mike's name didn't come with bursting pride and a smile.

In 1972, Brian was born. He would grow up to be his dad's right-hand man, his legacy. Jack beamed about Brian's success and hard work with the company that Jack began. It was a joy for him to see his son carry on 6-K Construction. Making him even prouder was knowing that Brian’s sons Christopher and Parker followed in their Papa's footsteps too.

In 1973, Jack's family would become complete when Christine was born. He had wanted a daddy's girl; and he got one. He would gush over even her smallest accomplishments and sometimes maybe spoil her just a little. It was a lovely relationship for both. Christine also gave Jack his first grandchild and a sense of bliss he never experienced before.

So goes Jack's life, raising his family in Novi, building a successful construction company from nothing in 1982 and finding pleasure in the little things. He was known for his big, genuine smile and that twinkle in his eye. He was honest, hard-working, genuine, and generous. He was a great card player and a mediocre golfer.

As his children grew up and left home, he and Karol set out to create a life full of adventure, fun, and love. They built their dream home in 1992 in Milford where they cultivated four acres of beauty and happiness. It was the site of many laughter-filled gatherings including holidays, summer parties, weddings, and showers. As time allowed, they began to travel far and wide yet his most joyful times were the simple ones, puttering in his yard, playing cards with friends, outings with Karol, trips to the U.P., time with his siblings and visits with his children. Life was good.

As the years went on, Jack welcomed his daughters and son-in-law, Christie, Joyce, and Kevin into the family. He loved them as if they were his own and each of them adored him back.

While Jack was honored to be called son, brother, friend, uncle, husband and father, perhaps his favorite title was Papa! Never was there a man more entranced by his grandbabies. He made the 265 mile drive to Christine's every few weeks to be with Isabelle, Jack, Patrick, and Ella Jane. Thursdays were reserved for Parker, McKenna, and Gabby; those days were for trips to the farm, ice cream at the Yum Yum Tree and rides in the tractor. When Christopher joined the family, Jack embraced him right away as his own. In later years, trips to New York to see Francis and Nile filled his heart and kept the twinkle in his eyes bright.

At the core of all this was a marriage that was strong, loving, resilient, and fun. Jack and Karol had a true partnership. They enjoyed each other for more than 54 years while creating a home, careers, and a family they were both proud of. As Alzheimer's reared its ugly head, he faced it head-on with Karol and was able to enjoy many more fulfilling years. They traveled, gardened, and worked together at Community Sharing, a non-profit organization that Jack was passionate about. In these last years, Karol was his tireless and devoted caregiver. Despite the changes, they would dance, hold hands, and share time together. Even in his final days when words were few and far between, Jack held Karol's hand and showed how much he still adored her. His smile, that twinkle... still there. It was beautiful.

In the end, Jack spent his final days exactly how he would want. He was surrounded by the people he loved. The end of his life was filled with what he treasured most… all those who treasured him. He was a man like no other and we should all endeavor to love as unconditionally and deeply as he did.

Son of the late John Sr. and Edra LaHaie, Jack is survived by his wife of 54 years, Karol A. LaHaie; children, Michael (Joyce) LaHaie, Brian (Christie) LaHaie, and Christine (Kevin) Biegler; grandchildren, Francis, Nile, Parker John, McKenna, Gabby, Christopher, Isabelle, Jack, Patrick and Ella Jane; siblings, David (Ann), Ann, Ron, Joan, Steve (Craig), Sue (Rick), Robert (Marcia), and Jim (Elaine); also many nieces and nephews, extended family and dear friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home, 404 E. Liberty St., Milford, MI 48381, on Friday, October 15th, at 11:30 AM. Visitation will be held from 10AM until the time of service. The family has requested that those in attendance, please wear a mask.

Memorial Contributions can be made to:

Community Sharing
P. O. Box 405
Highland, MI 48357

or

Alzheimer's Association Greater Michigan Chapter
25200 Telegraph Rd., Suite 100
Southfield, MI 48033


For further information phone 248-684-6645




John LaHaie Memorial Service from Lynch and Sons on Vimeo.



Previous Events

Visitation

Friday

15

Oct

10:00 AM 10/15/2021 10:00:00 AM - 11:30 AM 10/15/2021 11:30:00 AM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

*** Masks are requested by the family ***

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

Service

Friday

15

Oct

11:30 AM 10/15/2021 11:30:00 AM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

*** Masks are requested by the family ***

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Alzheimers Association-Greater Michigan Chapter

25200 Telegraph Road
Suite 100
Southfield , MI 48033

Community Sharing

P.O. Box 405
Highland, MI 48357
Albums

Create new album
 
Subscribe To Obituaries


alt

We appreciate your support
In accordance with the wishes of the family, this
message has been declined.
Loading...