John Gordon Strickland
John Gordon Strickland passed away April 2, 2019 at Beaumont Hospital in Farmington Hills, Michigan due to complications associated with congestive heart failure. He was comforted and surrounded by loved ones and friends in his final days.
John was born in Farmington, Michigan on January 20, 1939 to Willard Strickland and Eleanor Moye. John was a graduate of Western Michigan University, of which he was a proud alumnus. John served in the Navy as a First Lieutenant. He would continue his love for the Navy and nautical matters for the rest of his life. After the Navy, John was involved in banking, construction, real estate, retail and in retirement, driving vehicles for an automobile dealership in Battle Creek, Michigan, which allowed him to do two things he loved, drive and see the country. John also enjoyed being outdoors and was an avid birder.
John lived in northern Michigan for much of his adult life where he and Judith Strickland (Kurtz) had three children: Julie Strickland (Church), William (Bill) Strickland and Wade Strickland. John’s three children blessed him with seven grandchildren.
A memorial was held at Fort Custer National Cemetery outside of Battle Creek on April 19, 2019. Any donations in his memory can be made to the Michigan Audubon in his name.
James G. (Jim) Drake
James G. (Jim) Drake, 78, of Elk Rapids, husband of Marcia, father of Robin and Randy passed away April 17, 2019 surrounded by his family.
A celebration of Life will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 400 Spruce Street in Elk Rapids on June 1, 2019 at 12:00 noon.
Please visit Life Story Funeral Home, Traverse City’s webpage at www.lifestory.com to sign the guestbook and share your thoughts with the family.
John Pillsbury, 67, passed away peacefully at home of Friday, May 17, 2019.
A memorial celeration will be held Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Rotary Park (on US 31) from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. A full obituary will be published in the future.