John "Johnny" A. Milarch
Bear Lake, MI
May 14, 1952 - July 26, 2021
John Adrian "Johnny" Milarch, 69, passed away unexpectedly on July 26, 2021 at his new home in Bear Lake, MI.
John was the son of John and Betty Milarch of Arcadia. He was born on May 14, 1952. He graduated from Bear Lake High School. He spent his early years working at Sawyers Canning Factory and retired from Graceland Fruit Co. in Frankfort for health reasons. He enjoyed volunteering at the Bear Lake Lion's Club and the Buckley Old Engine Show.
He was a friend to all and enjoyed driving around visiting with them. He always had a smile on his face and a story to share. He loved collecting things and his car automatically stopped at all garage sales.
John's greatest joy was his daughters, Leslye Milarch and Sara (David) Ross and his much-loved grandchildren, Michael, Kara, Hailee, Adelyn, Kenneth, and Arthur John. He is also survived by his sisters, Marian Zupin, Linda (Bob) Richards, and Sue Webber; his brother, Carl (Joan) Milarch; nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; the mother of his children, Linda Smith Milarch. He will be greatly missed by all of them.
Proceeding him in death were his parents, John and Betty Milarch; his brother, Bill Milarch; and his brothers-in-law, Leo Zupin and Russell Webber.
A memorial service for John was held at Jowett Family Funeral Home in Benzonia, on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at 2:00pm with Pastor Bob Bodell officiating. Visitation was also held at 12:00pm. Memorials can be given to the Bear Lake Methodist Church and the Manistee Senior Center. Arrangements by Jowett Family Funeral Home, Benzonia.
Published by Benzie County Record Patriot on Aug. 2, 2021.