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Jon "Jack" Karl Monson, age 80, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 while surrounded by his family. He was born in Cadillac on Feb. 18, 1937.
He graduated Cadillac High School in 1955, Northwestern Michigan College in 1957 and attended Michigan State University.
While at NMC he met his wife, Mary Monson (Fifarek), and they wed in 1958.
Jack was an active member of the American Legion Post 399 and a longtime member of the First Congregational Church.
He was an owner of Traverse Bay Gravel for over 50 years, and one of the things he loved the most was to play with his loader and dump truck on his farm and gravel pit on the Old Mission Peninsula.
His interests were many. Jack was an avid traveler, enjoyed visiting many locales around the United States and abroad with his wife and spent his winters in North Ft. Meyers and St. Augustine Beach, Florida. He was an antique car enthusiast, an animal lover and a real people person; everyone knew Jack. He had a big heart and never met a stranger.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Beatrice and Carl Monson; in-laws, William "Rocky" and Marie Fifarek; brother-in-law, William Fifarek; and nephew, Nicholas Fifarek.
He is survived by his college sweetheart and wife of 59 years, Mary; daughter, Lisa Monson (Keith Hayes); son, Jon Kurt Monson (Signe Pihlstrand); nephews, Chris and Josh Fifarek; and "grandson," Jeff Bensley.
Memorial services will be held at the First Congregational Church Chapel in Traverse City on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at 2:30 p.m., with Dr. Gary Hogue officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.
The family would like to express their thanks for the wonderful help and care given by his many caregivers at Munson Home Health, Great Lakes Therapy and Cowell Family Cancer Center.
If desired, friends may make memorial contributions to the Cherryland Humane Society or charities of their choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on September 14, 2017
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