John Thomas Gollehon

Grand Rapids, Michigan

1946 - 2018


Grand Rapids, Michigan


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Gollehon, John Thomas 7/21/1946 - 6/20/2018 Grand Rapids age 71, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. John was preceded in death by his parents, John C. and Edna Gollehon; his father- and mother-in-law, Joseph and Mary Pratt; aunts and uncles, Albert (Emily) Keehn and...

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I was sorry to see of John's passing.

I remember being a teenager and being in a band in High School. I was riding around the west side and discovered Gollehon Speaker Co. and was instantly excited.

Being a dorky kid I decided to check it out but never thought anyone would talk to me much but I was wrong.

I got to see some of the beautiful speaker work, and then out walks John who spoke to me as though we had know each other our whole lives.


I am saddened to hear about the passing of Mr. Gollehon. He certainly is a 'quiet' legend here in Las Vegas. His books, chock-full of golden wisdom is something I go over a lot that has incredibly helped me win games a whole lot more than lose! Every time I read one of his books, I feel like I'm listening to a father tell his son on what to do and what to look out for. My condolences to his entire family.

Mr. Gollehon, you re-shaped the way I look at casino games and your wisdom...

Just saw his obituary. I first bought his no nonsense gambling books in the mid 80s. Really enjoyed reading his common sense approach to gambling...a his bits of humor kept it interesting. I passed the books to my son when he become of age...a classy guy who told it like it was. I will miss his new books. Jerry

Very sad news. John was a great authority on Vegas and he will be very much missed.

His books were full of great advice and personal experiences.

My condolences to his family.

I remember hiring and working with John "Shannon" at WGRD in the 60's. HE WAS NUMBER 1 in his mid-day shift. He was a great guy and had a lot to do with the success of Grand Rapids "fun one" My prayers to Kathy and the rest of John's family. 727-772-3659

Dear Kathy,

I just heard about John's passing, and I am so sorry for your loss. Although he and I had our differences in later years, I always hoped our friendship could be rekindled. After all, if it weren't for him, my writing career would never have happened. If you ever feel like talking, my phone number is 702-415-9319.Ba

Barney Vinson

You are missed more than words can say. I am lost without you! You were the love of my life for 51 years and will be until we meet again. I am so thankful you have no more pain and that you are at peace with the Lord, your mom and my parents. I will love you always!

I, as many others were first introduced to John, through his DJ presence, John Shannon, on WGRD in the 1960's. His greatest work laid before him. As the author of Pay The Line, John took his personal passion in statistics, to calculate ways to gain advantage over the casinos in blackjack, and craps. His imperial count card counting technique turned the tables on the house, and put the player in the winners seat. His invention of the Gollehon speaker advanced audiophile experiences all over...