John C. Carlson
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Carlson, John C. John C. Carlson ("JC"), age 85, most recently of Byron Center, passed away at home on May 8, 2021. John graduated from South High School in Grand Rapids and was an active member of the Class of '53 throughout the years. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering from Michigan State University in 1958. John met Mildred Veitch ("Millie") in junior high school. They married in 1956. John was involved in the commercial construction industry for over 55 years, starting as a teenager, with Beckering Construction Company and then Pioneer Construction. He and Millie formed J.C. Carlson Construction in 1969. John found great joy in being with his family. He started spending summers at Gun Lake in the late 1940's and the entire family spent most of their summers enjoying all that lake life had to offer for several decades after that. John spent winters in northern Michigan skiing and snowmobiling. John and Millie were blessed with wonderful friends with whom they took several memorable trips. They skied in the Rocky Mountains and the Austrian Alps, visited England, went on a river barge trip in France, and traveled to Alaska and Hawaii. John was preceded in death by his parents Charlotte D. and Chester H. Carlson and sister, Sereta Beckering. He is survived by his wife, Mildred A. (Veitch) Carlson; daughters Linda (David) Knowles, Debra Sims, and Karen (Larry) Knowles; nine grandchildren Brooke (Jason) Sines, Brad (Beth) Knowles, Randy (Tressa) Knowles, Ashley (Brandon) Goosen, Robert Knowles, Danielle (Brandon) Cimek, Adam (Lindsey) Sims, Nicholas Knowles, and Zachary Knowles; and 12 great-grandchildren, all of whom were at one time or another fondly referred to by Grandpa as "Buster," "George," or "Schweetie." The family wishes to thank the people of Faith Hospice for the compassionate services they provided. This made it possible for John to remain at home during the last months of his life; he could be cared for and surrounded by his family. The family will have a private celebration of life. If you would like to make a donation in John's memory, please consider Shriners Hospital for Children, which can be found at or Faith Hospice at (616) 235-5125. The family welcomes memories and messages in their guest book online at

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Published in Grand Rapids Press from May 10 to May 16, 2021.
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May 16, 2021
Prayers here for the family. Such a wonderful man he was. He was a customer when I had my print shop going. The world loses quite an adventurist and blessed man.
Matthew Farage (Black &White Printing)
May 15, 2021
John was a great neighbor, we have missed him here on Beatrice Ave. I'm thankful for all the help John gave me over the years. Goog bye friend.
Jim Gaikema
May 11, 2021
Millie, I am so saddened to hear of John's passing. I remember time spent assisting you with the accounting for the business. I always loved that time and remember John being a wise thoughtful and kind man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Warm regards, Melinda DeMarse
Melinda DeMarse
May 10, 2021
Ray and I share in your sorrows for the loss of this wonderful man. We have been friends for so many years. We have shared so many of lifes experiences with him and Millie.
We are grateful for them sharing all of what they had with us. We love both Millie and John and feel so blessed to have had that opportunity.
Our sincere condolences to the entire family, We love all of you.
Gretchen Ann Meyer
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