March 25 memorial celebration set for Boyne City’s John VanDorn

John VanDorn
John VanDorn

A memorial has been planned for friends and family of John VanDorn at 2 p.m. on Friday March 25 at the Boyne Area Senior Center, 411 East Division St.

Sandwiches and beverages will be provided. Please bring a salad or dessert dish to pass.

Born on Feb. 16, 1943 in Jackson, John Scott VanDorn’s family moved to Evangeline Township in 1949, where he lived until he died this January.

John attended Boyne City Public Schools, from where he graduated in 1963.

He was well known for many years as owner of his LP business and junkyard.

John never married or had any children but he was a sort of surrogate dad and grandfather.

Sherryl Mosley, who looked at John like a father, said her mother loved him very much.

“John and mom were boyfriend and girlfriend for over 15 years,” she said. “Mom knew John her whole life and he had the most kindest heart on anybody I met in my life.”

Mosley added, “My mom and me and my kids were like his family and he always visited us on holidays.”

Mosley said John was there for her mother as she battled illness.

“He came to see her every day during the last of her time,” she said. “They had an awesome relationship.”

Mosley added, “He is just going to be really missed.”

As years passed, he took care of his parents until his father died in 1986 and his mother died in 1994.

Throughout his life, John served the community in numerous ways. He served as an Evangeline Township Trustee and played Santa Claus to area children for many years.

John is survived by sisters Vicky (Lloyd) Kooienga and Donna Libbey; two nieces; 5 nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents Phil and Bessie VanDorn; sister Georgeanna, brother Bob VanDorn, and his favorite nephew Patrick Libbey.