John Thomas Barfuss

Grand Rapids, Michigan

1952 - 2020


Grand Rapids, Michigan


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John Thomas Barfuss died peacefully at home on Labor Day, September 7, 2020, surrounded by his loving wife and sons. He was born in Grand Rapids on August 10, 1952 to Elizabeth (Hills) and John David Barfuss, and spent his childhood rambling the woods and fields of the family home on 52nd Street...

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I was proud to have known John for many years. What a knowledgeable and giving person. Every time I talked to John, (or rather listened to John) I learned something valuable. He was a wealth of information and help, both in business and in life. John, you are missed.

My prayers are with Carly and her extended family.

I lived next door to his office in Eastown and worked for Aves Advertising so knew and admired him!!!

He is smiling on us all and will visit us often in our gardens, I’d guess!!!!

Wow! I was shocked when I heard about John's passing. That was a surprise. His passing is a huge loss. He made everyone feel so special and I appreciated his wit and generosity. We met because we were both on the FHC band board. We miss all his creative work he provided to the band, it was a comfort having him in charge. You knew if he said he would take care of something, it would get done properly. He really knew how to lift someone up, I enjoyed being around him especially when ...

So sorry to hear about Johns Passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
When John joined Johnson and Dean we established a good relationship and just about every Friday we went to lunch at Hollys Landing. Over the years we worked on several projects together that he deigned or produced and we printed. Always challenging and John held us to the highest standards. Just all good memories of a good man who was so kind to me.

Ted Etheridge

Evie - so sorry to hear of your loss. John sounds like a wonderful man. We haven’t been in touch for years but I remember working with you in patient education at Spectrum Heslth. Prayers for you and your family.

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John was our friend and colleague for 43 years. We were heartbroken to hear of his passing. He was such a memorable person full of wit, wisdom and interesting stories. Always such a day brightener, he was so willing to volunteer or help anyone in need. We will miss him. Our prayers and condolences to his family. May he rest in peace and love.

John was, most importantly, a good man, a moral, caring, principled man. I am privileged to have been his friend for 45+ years, and will miss him terribly. The world is a poorer place without John in it. May his family find peace.