John Guinther of Cass City, age 78, died following a battle with cancer Friday, September 13, 2019, in his home. John born November 5, 1940, in Cass City to John and Marion (Brown) Guinther. He married Priscilla Ann Hull November 22, 1966, in Cass City. She died April 28, 2005.
John attended Cass City High School and worked for the Cass City Milk Plant. He joined the U.S. Army and served for two years. Following his time in the military, John worked for Pontiac Truck and Bus retiring after 32 years. He was a member of the Moose Lodge #1049 of Caro. John enjoyed working on his little farm at home with cows, pigs and chickens. An outdoorsman, he loved camping and deer hunting with family and friends. John was fond of a good Euchre game and enjoyed casino trips in Manistee.
John is survived by his children: Tina (Marty) Decker of Caro; Nancy (John) Green of Cass City; Jane (Joe) Tait of Caro; Joe (Janice) Smith of Caro; Kim (Gene) Larson of Davisburg; brother-in-law, Jack Hull of Atlanta, Georgia; 27 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; brother, James (Joann) Guinther of Cass City; sisters: Norma Szarapski of Cass City, Marilyn (Jim) Young of Caro; many nieces, nephews; his special friend and “honey,” Irene Hudson and her son, Brent (Connie) Hudson. He was preceded in death by his wife; son, Jack Leroy Smith; grandson, Justin Decker; brothers: William “Hazen” Guinther, Harold Guinther, Lyle Guinther, Lawrence Guinther, Roger Guinther, Charles Guinther, Stanley Guinther; infant brother, John Leslie Guinther; sisters: Evelyn Gruber, Irene Doerr.
Visitation was from 3-8 p.m. Sunday, September 15, 2019 and from 10 a.m. until the funeral service at 11 a.m. Monday, September 16, 2019, in Kranz Funeral Home with interment in Ellington Township Cemetery. Brad Speirs of Novesta Church of Christ, Cass City officiated. Military honors conducted by Cass City V.F.W. Post # 3466 and the U.S. Army. Pallbearers for Mr. Guinther were his grandsons. Memorials may be made to Justin Decker Memorial Fund. Family and friends may share memories, prayers and photos with the family at www.kranzfuneralhome.com.