John C. Linck, of Petoskey, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.
John was born May 5, 1929, in Ravenna, Mich., to Sylvester and Maud (Finkler) Linck. John attended Michigan State University, where he graduated with a degree in business.
U.S. Army infantry in Korea.
John moved to Petoskey in 1959 to accept a banker position with First National Bank and Trust. He stayed with the bank when it was bought by Union Bank and later NBD. He retired as regional president after 35 years in 1994.
John met his wife, Phyllis, in Petoskey and together they raised four children.
He lived his life guided by a simple principle: Always do what is right and you will never wonder if it was wrong. He passed this on to his children.
His family will remember weekends spent at the ski hill and picnics at the beach. Spending time with his family was his favorite pastime. His grandchildren will remember Bumpa baiting a hook for fishing trips to the pond in the backyard as well as time spent walking the woods at camp.
A sports enthusiast, John was fan of the Lions, Tigers and Spartans. Although not always thrilled with the scoreboard he cheered faithfully.
John was also a fan of his town. Committed to community service he served as a trustee on the board of North Central Michigan College as well as the North Central Michigan College Foundation. John was a longtime member of the Petoskey Bay-View Country Club serving as president. As a member of St. Francis Xavier parish, he served on the pastoral council as well as being a member of the Knights of Columbus. He also served as past president of the Petoskey Lions. John was past secretary of the Emmet County chapter of the American Cancer Society and served 20 years as secretary of the Emmet County Red Cross. He also served as treasurer of the Greenwood Cemetery Board.
John is survived by his wife of 50 years, Phyllis, and his children, Anne and Mike Durot of Lake Forest, Ill., Kate and Brad McDougall of East Grand Rapids, Mich., Teresa and John Crandell of Libertyville, Ill., and Steve Linck of Salt Lake City, Utah. He is survived by his grandchildren, Molly and Duke Durot, Maureen McDougall, Jack, Bobby and Katherine Crandell.
John is also survived by his sister, Irene Patelle, of Tennessee; and brothers, Bets (Janette) Linck of Ravenna and Tom (Pat) Linck of Muskegon; brother-in-law, Bill (Marlene) Pierson, of North Carolina, and Kathryn (Patrick) Tuttle of Maryland; along with many nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his father and mother; brother, Leo; and sisters, Helen and Agatha.
A memorial Mass will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Petoskey. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today, Monday, Jan. 14, at Stone Funeral Home in Petoskey, and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass on Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the church.
The family suggests memorials be made to Brother Dan's Food Pantry, the Women's Resource Center, or the local charity of choice.