TRAVERSE CITY — John Louis “Gunner John” Fasel, of Traverse City, went peacefully home to be with the Lord on Jan. 20, 2014, with his family by his side. John was born Jan. 27, 1927, in Hannah, to Matthew and Anna Laura (Bushamp) Fasel.
At the age of 18 John joined the United States Army. He served during World War II and was stationed in Okinawa and Nagasaki, Japan.
After returning home he married Anita “Cookie” Delancey on Nov. 14, 1947, in Traverse City. John and Anita raised six children over the years.
John worked at Parson’s and Parts Manufacturing for many years. He also worked at Joslin Chevrolet for a short time and many local gas stations. John finally decided to go into business for himself and in 1971 opened John’s Car Cleaning, which he owned and operated until his retirement.
On his journey through life John’s love for family and friends and spending time with all of them was first and foremost. Anyone who knew John knew his second love was the outdoors, whether it was fishing along the banks of the Boardman, a day of squirrel or rabbit hunting or that ultimate deer hunting adventure to bag that “Big Buck.” John was always ready for the hunt. John also enjoyed bowling for many years and was a huge Detroit Tigers fan, whether he watched the game on TV or listened to it on the radio, it didn’t matter as long as his Tigers were on. John also spent many years camping with his family and friends at his cabin in the U.P. and out in Brown Bridge; all of these trips will forever be treasured by all of his family and friends.
John is survived by his wife of 66 years, Anita “Cookie”; six children, Laura Ann Fisher, of Traverse City, Lyn (Jim) Woodworth, of Grawn, Denny (Colleen) Fasel, of Traverse City, Gail (Bob) Wiser, of Grawn, Greg (Marie) Fasel, of Traverse City, and Sherry (Doug) James, of Kalkaska; nine grandchildren, Randy Woodworth, Lisa (Mark) Harrand, Treena (Jeremy) Guntzviller, Stephen (Amy) Wiser, Jared Fasel, Clarissa and Hannah Fasel, Preston and Brayden James; and five great-grandchildren, Hayden and Wyatt Guntzviller, Annastasia Walter, Lauren Wiser and Isabelle Northrop.
John was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Evelyn King, Christina Whipp and Theresa Berry; and brothers, Lawrence and Francis “Fritz” Fasel.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, from 4 to 8 p.m., at The Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m., with visitation one hour prior, at the Journey Wesleyan Church. Interment with military honors will follow at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials my be made in John’s memory to The Journey Wesleyan Church, 2825 W. S. Airport Road, Traverse City, MI 49684.
Please visit reynolds-jonkhoff.com to share your memories of John.