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“in doing the Dumas family tree I am amazed at how many relatives I have that I never had the opportunity of meeting. I feel sorry that distance...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: Joe Dumas - Manistee, MI

“Dad, thank you for all you did for taking care of our mom, you and her working out, staying active, I miss golfing, R.J., Emily, Marlene and I all...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Rob - Grand Rapids, MI

“grandpa taught me how hit a golf ball and how to play golf. We always used to play at his and Grandma's house whenever we spent the night at their...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: Emily and RJ - Grand Rapids, MI

“From the many co-workers, now retired from Lear Siegler (Smiths), we share the bond of unity with UAW Local 330. The retirees of Local 330 wish to...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Gayle Clement - Caledonia, MI

“It's been a long time John. But not so long that I have forgotten that you are, and may well be, the best father-in-law I ever could have asked for!...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: wendy orr - cedar springs, MI

“Thank you Grandpa John for taking such good care of my mom, and our grandma, for 19 1/2 years! You were the best thing that ever happened to her! The...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Annette Karsten - Byron Center, MI

“John you'll be missed. Many great memories. ”
7 of 15 | Posted by: Mark Karsten - Byron Center, MI

“For Gail and all Family, Our Rosenberg family would like to extend, in God's Love, our own Herzlichen Beileid (Heartfelt Sympathy) along with our...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Arno and Amy Rosenberg - Jenison, MI

“He danced like Fred Astaire, painted like Monet and I was honored to call him my Dad! ”
9 of 15 | Posted by: Mandy Bailey - Grand Rapids, MI

“I never new John but do have the honor of knowing his son Mark. I am sad for the passing of such a good man. I know this because of the character of...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: Mark Allen - Blaine, MN

“Gail and John's Family; We are so sorry for your loss, and the loss of my best friend for nearly five decades. We will all miss him dearly. We will...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Leigh & Gail Johnson - Wyoming, MI

“Our sympathy goes to Gail, her family and John's family and friends. He was an awesome neighbor with a kind heart. He would often help us with snow...Read More »
12 of 15 | Posted by: Cindy Keller and Ben Bbotta

“My fondest memory of you, dad, was when we danced my wedding. You swept me up and we floated across the dance floor, as if I had danced for years. My...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Rewa - Daughter-in-law

“Gail and all John's Family We are so very sorry for your loss of a good man. John has walked quietly and faithfully by Gail's side for 19 years. He...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Dennis and Mary Taylor - MI

“Sorry for your loss hope to see you on Friday, ”
15 of 15 | Posted by: Peter and Janet Dumas - Muskegon, MI


John E. Dumas, age 73, passed away Monday, September 30, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father, sister, 2 brothers.

Surviving are his life partner of 19 years, Gail Marzean; children, Kim (Tim) VanHoven, John T. Dumas, Rob (Marlene) Kline, Rick (Cris) Kerber, Annette (Mark) Karsten, Amanda (Rob) Bailey, Major Mark (Rewa) Dumas; 18 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; brother, Louis (JoAnn) Dumas; sister, Margaret Shannon; 2 great aunts; and 1 great uncle.

John was born in Muskegon and spent most of his life in Wyoming, Michigan. He was an active member of American Legion #208 and also a member of Moose Lodge, Eagles and AMVETS. He was an extremely intelligent man who worked 46 years at Lear Siegler as an electronics technician, possessing numerous technical certifications in support of our country's defense and space programs. He will be missed by his many friends, family and golf partners.

A Memorial Service to celebrate John's life will be held on Friday, October 4 at 5 pm at American Legion #208, 133 – 44th Street SE, Kentwood. The family will greet relatives and friends from 3 to 5 pm at the American Legion #208 on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans.