ANN ARBOR — John Junior Scarbrough, of Ann Arbor, born Nov. 10, 1930, passed away Jan. 1, 2014. John was one of a family of 12 raised in Copemish.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and retired from the Michigan State Highway Department.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Maudie (Stafford) Scarbough; and daughter-in-law, Jeanette (Schmid) Scarbrough.
He has five remaining siblings, Gwen, Fred, LD, Bill and Joyce; along with 41 nieces and nephews. His children are John (Rita), of Ann Arbor, Tim (Georgianna), of Grass Lake, Kevin (Beth), of Mason, and Debbie (Mick) Sayers, of Chelsea. He has nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
John was a man loved by all who met him. He was smart, quick to laugh and was always there in support of anything his kids or grandkids were involved in. He was not the modern “over the top” sports parent, but a face in the crowd, always ready to cheer your successes and support you in defeat.
His biggest joy in life was his family, which always came first. He many times went without even the simplest things and comforts so that others did not. The family had a standing lunch date at the Uptown Coney Island in Ann Arbor every Thursday and a family dinner at The Wolverine in Chelsea the first Saturday of every month.
He was a man of few words but all of which had meaning. Everyone loved his daily short, eloquent and humorous Facebook quotes “got “5” meatballs in my 4 meatball banquet frozen dinner, how lucky is that huh?” His final post “Christmas at Kev and Beth’s new house in Mason was great whole gang there, thanks guys.”
No, thank you for being in our lives, we’ll miss you Brother, Dad, Grandpa, Uncle John and Friend. May you rest in peace until we see you again.
John 14:1-4: “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. And you know the way to where I am going.”
Please visit John’s personal webpage at www.niefuneralhomes.com and share a memory with the family.