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John A Babcock –August 1, 1949 – November 22, 2017

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
John A Babcock –August 1, 1949 – November 22, 2017

With heavy hearts the family announces the passing of John Babcock, age 68 of Clear Lake Wisconsin.

John is survived by his children, Rosemary (Albert) Fex of Oxdrift, Ontario, John (Deena) Babcock of Clear Lake, Wisconsin, Barb (Luc) Ducas of Dryden, Ontario. Grandchildren Danielle (Robert), Leandra (Sean), Tessa, Emma-Leigh, Orren, Aviana, Evelyn, Justus and Emelia.  Great Grandchildren, Troy and Jaime.  Siblings: Shirley (Don) Henry, Walt Babcock, Don (Ruby) Babcock, Yvonne Winter, Alice (John) Paepke, Phyllis (Willard) Pfaff, Susie North, Margie Mischley, Dorothy (Larry) Boehm, Mary McGillis, Charlie Babcock, Ruthie (Doug) Billsby. Many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

John was predeceased by his parents Avery and Rosemary Babcock.  Sister Elizabeth (Pat) Babcock.  Brother-in-laws Roland (Rip) Reynolds, Rollo (Jack) McGillis, Joe Mischley, Grover North, and Ben Winter. Sister-in-law Dora Jean Babcock.  Niece Marsha Babcock and Nephews Joseph Reynolds, Jeffrey North and Matthew Babcock.

John was born August 1, 1949 in West Branch, Michigan to Avery and Rosemary (nee Pauly) Babcock.  John lived in Roscommon Michigan, Eton Rugby Ontario, Minnitaki Ontario, Osceola Wisconsin and Clear Lake Wisconsin. 

John was a very active man whose passions were, family, farming, John Deere tractors and the Lord.  He wore many hats, farmer, mechanic, electrician, carpenter, welder, and working in the forest industry. A personal hat he wore was sitting as a board member of the churches he worshiped at.  He had a great love for his family and took pride in their many accomplishments.

John had a very brief battle with cancer and he passed peacefully with his children near by at the Amery Hospital on the morning of November 22, 2017. 

A memorial service to celebrate John’s life will be held Thursday November 30, 2017 at 10:00am at East Lincoln Alliance Church in Amery, WI with Pastor Randy Schussman officiating.  A luncheon and visitation will follow.  A memorial service will be held Thursday December 28, 2017 at 10:00am at the Free Methodist Church in Dryden, Ontario with Brian Eschbach officiating with luncheon to follow.  An internment of ashes will follow at a later date in Rock Cemetary, Crawford County, Michigan.

In lieu of flowers, if friends desire, donations can be made to East Lincoln Alliance Church, benevolent fund at 735 70th Ave. Amery, WI 54001 USA

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