J.D. Washburn St. Johns J.D. Washburn, 89, passed away on Friday, October 5, 2012 at his home near St. Johns. He was born April 24, 1923 in Lansing, Michigan the son of George and Zelma (Pratt) Washburn. J.D. served his country during WWII
as a Captain in the United States Air Force and flew 52 missions in the Philippines. He was employed by John Bean Co. in Lansing before becoming a full - time farmer and also was a sales representative for Pioneer Hi-Bred Seed Co. for over 30 years. On June 30, 1946 he married Nellie Kaufman and they celebrated 66 years of marriage this past June. Surviving is his wife Nellie; two daughters, Dee (Bill) Holley of Elsie and Rita (John) Craig of Holt; two sons, Kam (Kathleen) and Dan (Pam) all of Elsie; 13 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; one sister, Vivian (George) Huntington of Slidell, LA; and one brother, Elwin (Dorothy) Washburn of Winter Garden, FL. He was preceded in death by five brothers, George, Ivan, Edwin, Floyd and Dale. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 8, 2012 at Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns 989-224-4422. Interment will follow at Duplain Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends 2-7 p.m. Sunday, October 7 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Elsie American Legion or the Rochester Colony School.