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John Robert Sanchez, 79, of Traverse City, passed away Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
John was born on Sunday, March 6, 1938, to John and Helen (McShosh) Sanchez in Detroit. He attended Western High School and was a State Champion diver. It was a chance meeting after high school while swimming that he met the love of his life, Nancy Luttrell. He married Nancy in Winchester, Virginia on Oct. 26, 1958 and they shared 58 years of marriage. John served his country in the United States Coast Guard for four years and went on to a 30 year career with Ford Motor Company as a plumber/pipe fitter.
John loved life, in all aspects, and he loved giving. He spent time volunteering at Munson Medical Center, Meals on Wheels, was a member of the Cedar Creek Commons Association, was the chairman of the Leelanau County UAW retiree's council, the Leelanau County Democratic Party and past-president of the Cross Junction, VA Ruritan Clubs. He enjoyed the outdoors and was physically fit, enjoying bike riding, working out and dancing to 50s music with his wife Nancy. He built his own log home and was a handyman, often times offering to help his friends around the neighborhood with projects. He loved to make new friends. He may meet a stranger, but they left as friends.
John is survived by his wife, Nancy (Luttrell) Sanchez, of Traverse City; children, Susan Wilson, of Traverse City, Jeffrey and Diana Sanchez, of Westland, Gregory and Jessica Sanchez, of Inwood, West Virginia; grandchildren, Jeffrey Sanchez, John Sanchez, and Noah Wilson; sister, Patricia Feldman; sisters-in-law, Ann DeLorme and Kathy Luttrell; brother-in-law, Joe Luttrell; many nieces and nephews, family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Helen (McShosh) Sanchez; and sister, Beverly Montemayor.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m. Reverend Father Ken Stachnik will officiate, with music provided by Mr. Fred Szczepanski.
Those wishing an expression of sympathy are encouraged to direct contributions to the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Building Fund, 1025 S. Union St., Traverse City, MI, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Food Pantry, 1025 S. Union St., Traverse City, MI, or the Leelanau County Democratic Party, P.O. Box 215, Empire, MI 49630.
Please share your thoughts and memories of John with his family by way of his online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on October 10, 2017
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