John T. McMahon, 93, Bark River (Hyde) was called to his heavenly home on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born on August 29, 1922 in Hyde, Michigan, son of Edward and Anna (Posenke) McMahon. John attended the Porath School in Hyde.
John served in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1944 until his honorable discharge in 1946. He served in France as a tank driver and reconnaissance scout. John received a Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Ribbon, WWII Victory Ribbon, Army Occupation medal (Germany), and European Theatre Medal. John and his four brothers all served during WWII at the same time.
On April 30th, 1949, John married the love of his life and soul mate, Carol Jean Perryman. They raised their family in Escanaba and Hyde and resided on the McMahon family homestead in Hyde for many years.
John worked for Michigan Bell Telephone Company as a splicer for 25 years until his retirement in 1981.
He was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hyde and was active on the church council. John was also a member of the VFW and the telephone pioneers.
John enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, playing cards, and was an avid Detroit Lions fan. He loved to tell stories to his grandkids which you never knew were true or not.
Among his survivors include his children, Susan (Dan) Salmon of Hyde, Barbara McMahon of Flat Rock, Laura (Dennis) Dittrich of Hyde, Judy (Terry) Chouinard of Riverland, Gail (Larry) Kosobucki of San Antonio, TX, John (Darlene) McMahon of Readfield, ME, and Patti (Terry) Dittrich of Hyde; 18 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren; three great great grandchildren, plus one more great grandchild and great great grandchild expected this year.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Anna; wife, Carol on February 13, 2013; infant son, David; three sisters, Ada Jaeger, Rose Erlandsen, and Eva McMahon; four brothers, Harold, James, Louis, and Emil McMahon.
Visitation will be on Monday, April 11th from noon to 3 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. The Delta County Veterans Council will have military rites at 1:30 p.m. The funeral service will follow at 4 p.m. with Pastor Ronald Zindler officiating at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hyde. A meal will follow in the church hall.
Burial will take place in the West Ford River Cemetery.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the McMahon family.