John Joseph Wearne, 70

John Joseph Wearne, 70, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, in Allegan.
John was born in Allegan on Feb. 2, 1947, to the late Eugene and Mildred "Peggy" E. (Beagle) Wearne. He graduated from Allegan High School in 1965.
John was raised on the farm and considered himself to be a farm boy. He resided in Allegan, Plainwell, Wayland and Otsego. John was employed as a heavy equipment operator for several years, which led him to work on the Alaskan Pipeline, something he had several good memories from. He was owner and operator of JW Excavating and ended his working career as a semi-truck driver.
John would seek opportunities to gain knowledge. He was strong-willed, giving, stubborn, and loved jokes, laughter and cards.
John had COPD the last several years but enjoyed going out and spending time with family and his grandsons. He and his beloved friend Donna, looked forward to seeing the squirrels (each had a name) and birds that they fed on a daily basis.
John is survived by his companion Donna Pion of Otsego; two daughters, Casondra and Ivan Schmalfeldt of Paw Paw and Sara and Paul Mitchell and their sons, Cruz and Carver of Barryton; three siblings, Chuck (Kathy) Wearne and Tom Wearne both of Allegan and Linda (Kim) Burgel of Bend, Ore.; and many extended family and friends.
John was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Margaret Arcaina in 2015.
A memorial celebration of John's life will be Sunday, March 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Otsego Community Service Center, 218 S. Farmer St., with words of remembrance from his family at 2 p.m.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Daggett Funeral Home in Barryton.
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