Traverse City Record-Eagle


February 9, 2014

John Alfred Mortenson

FRANKFORT — John Alfred Mortenson, 87, of Frankfort, died Feb. 5, 2014, at home.

John honorably served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Philippines and Japan.

After the war John married his sweetheart, Shirley Putney, on June 1, 1947.

Owning the family farm known as Makin-Bacon, he helped his father through the years. John’s son, Larry, and son-in-law, Ron, also helped on the farm. John also worked for Pet Milk for several years.

John was initiated into the brotherhood of Masonic Lodge #444 in 1951. He became the Worshipful Master from ‘84 to ‘85, gaining his life membership in 1991. He was awarded his 60 years award. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite, Shriners and the American Legion Post 221 in Frankfort, where the post was named after his uncle John Mortenson who was killed in World War I.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; children, Connie (Ron) Lapham and Larry (Mary) Mortenson; grandchildren, Larry John (Michelle), Mark, Mike (Mitzel) Mortenson, Jolene (Joe) Balder and Laurie Lapham; great-grandchildren, Katie Mortenson, Kayla, Allyson and Taylor Balder, Jose and Sharlene Mortenson.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m., at the Blaine Christian Church, with Pastor Bob Larimer officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Contributions may be directed to Blaine Christian Church or Benzie Masonic #444.

Arrangements are by Jowett Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Service Frankfort and Benzonia.

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