John Austin Cravens was born Feb. 15, 1933, in Chicago, to Thomas and Gertrude Cravens. He graduated Salutatorian, 1950, Foreman HS. He married Miriam (Jody) Engelman August 15, 1953. He graduated Purdue University
1954, B.S. Civil Engineering.
John served U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 1954-56. He worked for General Motors
, Euclid, and White Motor, 1956-78. He was a financial services advisor, and adjunct professor at Ursuline College. John served as Geauga County (Ohio) Treasurer, and Geauga County Fair Treasurer. He had a 12-year appointment as Allegan County (Michigan) Road Commissioner, helping lead restoration of the New Richmond Bridge and serving on the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council. John continued as a tax preparer for many grateful clients for many years.
John's service included: 50-year member of the Englewood, Colorado, Masonic Lodge, and member of Royal Arch Masons of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Chapter, Knights Templar of Painesville, Ohio, Al Koran Shriners International of Broadview Heights, Ohio, Lions Club, Rotary International
, and the Chardon, Ohio, School Board. John co-founded the non-profit Lower Scott Lake Dredging Project, Inc. He volunteered for We Care and Kids Hope. A lifetime United Methodist Church member, he served in many capacities, including singing in choir.
John is survived by his wife Jody of almost 60 years, and children Cynthia (David) Minnich of Holland, John (Patricia) Cravens Jr. of Mazon, Ill., Christine (Michael) Beaudoin of Plymouth, Jane (Mark) Myers of Lancaster, Pa., and Charles (Catherine) Cravens of St. Joseph, 17 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Gertrude, and brother Thomas.
A Memorial Service will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 26, 2013 at the Casco United Methodist Church, 880 66th St. South Haven, Mich. with visitation from 10 a.m. until service time.
Donations may go to the Salvation Army, Shriners' Hospital for Children, or Casco United Methodist Church.
An online registry book is available at www.chappellfuneralhome.com.