TRAVERSE CITY — John R. Pulcipher passed away Tuesday morning, April 15, at Hope Village in Acme. He was born April 7, 1927, in Acme, with his twin, George, and wed Marilyn Stiefel, of Dimondale, on Sept. 17, 1955.
John served his country during World War II as a Seaman in the U.S. Navy. He and George were commissioned on the destroyer USS Hazelwood. After his discharge he returned to the area he loved, Traverse City.
John was an avid fisherman and hunter for his entire life. When work allowed you could find him on the bay with his buddies fishing for perch and white fish and in the winter on the ice at Elk Lake. He knew the best fishing holes like the back of his hand purely by sight and landmarks. He also was quick to share his bounty, offering his day’s catch to friends and family.
He was part and then sole owner of the Lone Pine Lodge in Nisula. This was what he considered his second home and enjoyed the hunting, nature, neighbors and camaraderie of his family and friends. He took great pride in retelling the stories of every rack of horns ever mounted and could recount the exact location and the specifics of each hunt.
Pulcipher Orchards was the source of immense pride. He truly enjoyed being a cherry grower and worked the family farm all of his life, Marilyn by his side. He was involved in various organizations and councils in the cherry industry. He was a hard worker and for several years worked nights in Elk Rapids at Super Tool Company to supplement the family income. He was always touted as saying, “You can expect an honest day’s pay for a hard day’s work.” Between the immaculate orchards and Marilyn’s flower gardens the farm was beautiful and recognizable locally by those who would drive. Many people who drove by frequently commented on the Pulcipher Orchards water tank, proudly perched on the family barn.