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John Russell
John Russell Lynch died suddenly of a heart attack on April 14, 2016. He now joins his parents Elizabeth and Thomas Van Aarle Lynch and his great-aunt Minnie Van Aarle Kelly. Left to mourn his sudden and unexpected passing but also to remember him so fondly are his two brothers, Thomas Van Aarle (Caroline) Lynch and James (Jennie Hammett) Lynch and his three sisters, Sharon (William) Michalak, Susan (Marvin) Feingold, and Patricia Lynch. Uncle John will also be dearly missed by his nieces and nephews, Thomas V. Lynch III and Chris (Susan) Lynch, Marty Michalak, Julie (Chris) Bremer, Mark Michalak, John Michalak, Molly Feingold, John P.L. Mills, Ian S. L. Mills, and Simone Hammett-Lynch along with 10 great-nieces and nephews.
John was a 1971 graduate of St. Francis De Sales High School and subsequently earned a degree in Physics from the University of Toledo. He spent most of his career conducting studies in infrared tank identification as a civilian scientist for the U.S. Army at its Aberdeen, MD Proving Grounds.
John was an accomplished musician on both the piano and guitar. His “stage name” throughout many living room theatrical and talent show productions was Johnny Midnight. He always played the finale sing along piano rendition of New York, New York at these productions.
He had a kind, soft-spoken manner and preferred to listen much of the time. When he did interject a comment it would typically be both astute and funny. When he retired he returned to his hometown to be near his family. He loved going to the movies, making improvements to his home and was so proud of his yard. He could always be counted on to help his family in any way.
John was mechanically gifted and owned several vintage cars which he kept running long past their useful lifespans. He had a keen curiosity as well as an encyclopedic knowledge of a wide array of subjects.
Above all he was a truly kind, caring and wonderful human being who loved his family almost as much as they loved him.
There will be no visitation and funeral services will be private. Please leave a condolence message for the family at
He was the finest brother...
As published in The Blade

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Published in The Blade on Apr. 17, 2016.
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April 20, 2016
Having never had the privilege of meeting John, I must believe what others have already expressed here. The tribute in the newspaper and those here describe a very caring and interesting brother. Knowing the Lynch girls, especially Patty, I am sure he also had that wonderful sense of humor and easy laugh so typical of the family. I am very sorry for your loss.
Mary (Vanderhorst) Smith
April 19, 2016
I send my sincere condolences during this very difficult time. May you all find comfort from the encouraging words found at 1Thessalonians 4:14.
April 18, 2016
Pat. My prayers for you and your family.
Laura Fischer Wolfe
April 18, 2016
Patty, so sorry to hear of your brother's passing. Such a shock to have a dear one taken so suddenly. May you and your family find consolation in many memories of happy times together
Marcia Meiring
April 18, 2016
Nathan Detroit will live on. He was excellent.
My thoughts and prayers.
Gerry Amborski
April 18, 2016
My thoughts and prayers for John's Family. I got to know John while a classmate at St. Francis. He was one of the funniest guys that I knew. He was also a very smart and gifted individual. All who knew John loved him!
Tim Iorio
April 18, 2016
My deepest sympathy
Louie Jordan
April 18, 2016
So sorry to hear this sad news. Condolences to the family, John will be missed, but he is in God's loving arms now.
Bill Conlisk
April 17, 2016
So very sorry to read of your brother's passing.Kay and I stare your feelings, with Mary Pat's passing 2 yrs. ago last St. Patrick's day.the loss of a sibling has to be one of the hardest.
Georgianne McHugh Hobson
April 17, 2016
So sorry to hear about John. Prayers for him and your family at this trying time.
Micki Bradley-Evans
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