Rev. Hugh E. Banninga St. Johns The Rev. Hugh E. Banninga died Monday, December 16, 2013 at the age of 79. He was born June 23, 1934 in Youngstown, OH the son of Hubert S. and Lucile (Howell) Banninga. Hugh earned his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Michigan in 1957 and then earned his Master's Degree of Divinity from Bexley Hall at Kenyon College School of Divinity in Gambier, OH. Hugh was a clergyman, educator, counselor and volunteer. He ministered to all but had a special interest and focus on the poor and the needy. He has left this world a better place for him having been here, as evidenced by his heavy involvement in and numerous awards of distinction for service received from countless community groups such as: Meals on Wheels, Oakview Elementary School Classroom Volunteer, Clinton County Social Services Program, R.A.V.E., Big Brothers/ Big Sisters, RESA, Clinton County Hospice, Community Resource Volunteers (CRV), the first Senior Citizens Center in St. Johns, Clinton County Arts Council, St. Johns Ministerial Association and the St. Johns Lions Club where he is currently serving as its President. Hugh was recognized by the State of Michigan Volunteer Association as its Volunteer of the Yearand was a proud recipient in 1987 of the William H. Patton Award by the St. Johns Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, given for Hugh's dedication to his community and his example of moral character, professionalism, and religious involvement. Hugh currently attends Eastminster Presbyterian Church in East Lansing and is parish advisor. As an alumnus of the University of Michigan, Hugh was an ardent and avid Wolverine fan, M-Go-Hugh! Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Lynn; children, Garth (Amy) of St. Johns, Gretchen Perkins of Brighton and Gwen (Jim) Demenov of Ithaca; grandchildren, Alaine Banninga, Tom Banninga, Alex Perkins, Bethany Perkins, Jace Demenov and Jenna Demenov; a brother, Scott of OH and sister, Janet Penney of MI. Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Friday, December 20, 2013 at Eastminster Presbyterian Church 1315 Abbot Rd. East Lansing, MI 48823 with the Rev. Margie L. Osborn, Pastor officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 pm Thursday, December 19 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns. Memorials may be made to Eastminster Presbyterian Church or Leader Dogs for the Blind 1039 Rochester Rd., Rochester Hills, MI 48307 supported by Lions of Michigan.
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Published in Lansing State Journal from Dec. 18 to Dec. 22, 2013
Keck-Coleman Funeral Home
1500 Waterford Pkwy. St. Johns , MI 48879