John Watters

John T. Watters

Battle Creek

John T. Watters, 84, of Battle Creek, passed away April 18, 2014 at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.  He was born March 21, 1930 in Locus Grove, Georgia to Roy Andrew and Sara Belle (Mays) Watters.

John played football for Georgia Tech where he graduated in 1951 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. During his career he worked as an Engineer for Great Dane Trailer, was Vice President for Engineering at Clark Equipment, and owned his own consulting firm until 2013.  He loved design work and held over 25 patents.  For hobbies he enjoyed traveling, building and competing at the national level with model airplanes, fly fishing, and supporting his kids and grandkids activities.  During the summers he volunteered with the BOJC as a fly fishing mentor to 8-18 year old children.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, June (Camp) Watters and his daughter Anna Marsh.  John is survived by his wife and beloved companion of 12 years, Patricia Fellabaum of Battle Creek; his three children: Ellen Abriel of Richland, MI, Dr. Christopher (Virginia) Watters, M.D. of Raleigh, NC, and Dr. June (John) Gothberg, Ph.D. of Battle Creek, MI; stepdaughter Frances Price Fellabaum, Snow, NC; his ten grandchildren: Phil Marsh, Sarah Blaine, Caleb Gothberg, Casey Gothberg, Andrew Watters, Ethan Easey, Mirinda Barnack, Christopher Barnack, Taylor Davison, and Jalynn Rootes; and three great grandchildren Emery Blaine, Annabelle Gothberg, and Laura Lynn Foster.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Shaw Funeral Home.  Services will take place at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2015 at the funeral home with Pastor Jeff Eckman, North Avenue Church of God, officiating.  Interment, Memorial Park Cemetery.  Memorials may go to the Brotherhood of Jungle Cock fly fishing scholarship program, and Family Hope Foundation

The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home.


Funeral Home

Shaw Funeral Homes
2838 Capital Ave Sw Battle Creek, MI 49015
(269) 979-3838

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer from Apr. 20 to Apr. 22, 2014