John E. Soncrant
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John E. Soncrant, 85, of Union City, went to be with the Lord on Monday, August 04, 2014 at Heartland of Battle Creek.
A celebration of John's life will be held on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Union City Wesleyan Church with Pastor Martin Burdick officiating. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Union City. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 8, 2014 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Lighthouse Funeral & Cremation, located 3 miles east of M-66 on M-60, in Union City and also on Saturday at the church, beginning at 10:00 A.M.
John was born on January 30, 1929 to Milton and Martha E. (Ernsberger) Soncrant in Toledo, Ohio. He graduated from Coldwater High School in 1948 and went to work for Gerald Hensley at the Dime Store in Union City. He served honorably in the U.S. Army from 1951-52, where he spent several months in Japan during the Korean Conflict. Once he was discharged from the Army, he returned to working at Hensley's and married the mother of his four children, Myrna J. Maurer on April 24, 1953 in Brighton. Their marriage ended in divorce many years later; she remarried and preceded him in death in 2006.
John has lived in Union City since he and Myrna married and he was very involved in the community. He owned and operated the Hensley's Dime Store in downtown Union City from 1991 until in closed in 2010, but worked there since 1946. He was a member of the Rotary of Club of Union City and was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow many years ago, was a member of the Gideon's International South Camp, Promise Keepers, Union City Betterment Association, served on the Village Council for several years and was a life member of the American Legion in Union City. He was also very active in the Union City Wesleyan Church. He joined the church in the early 1950s, where he taught Sunday School, served on the board and drove the bus.
Union City will forever miss John Soncrant. He was a fixture and pillar of the community for many years. Many residents have fond memories of John joking with them at the store and displaying his very evident sense of humor. He was a servant of God and a loving father to his family. He loved his town and country and represented all the things that made living in a small town great. He was one of a kind, accepted and loved people, making their day a little brighter each time he greeted them.
John is survived by his children Liz (John) Pancost of Cersco, Debby (Bryon) Boley of Richland, Stephen (Suzanne) Soncrant of Belleville and Sharon (Gabe) Boley of Union City, his grandchildren Phillip Pancost, Angela (Daniel) Kennet, Jared Pancost, David Boley, Lori Fox, Christy (Ed) Damon, Josiah Soncrant, Jonathon Soncrant, Jake (Amy) Boley, Jesse Boley, and Sarah Boley, 7 great-grandchildren and 5 nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Barbara Campbell.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Gideon's International or Union City Wesleyan Church. Please visit www.lighthousefuneral.com to share a memory, picture or video with the family.
Published in Battle Creek Enquirer from Aug. 5 to Aug. 6, 2014