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Subject: Dr. John P. ABRAHAMSEN
Date: 11 Apr 2005 15:54:45 -0600
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Surnames: ABRAHAMSEN, LANTZ, FORRESTINE, TANNER, WILKINSON, LOLMAUGH
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Abrahamsen, Dr. John P.
Of Cooper Twp.
John passed away peacefully April 9, 2005 in his home of 44 years. He was born April 8th, 1919 in Grant Township (Mecosta County), the son of Emil and Maude (Lantz) Abrahamsen. John spent his early years in Grant Center farming with his father and graduated from Big Rapids High School in 1935. Friends since childhood, John started dating Veva Forrestine Tanner in 1938. On November 8, 1941 they were united in marriage, a union that lasted more than 63 years. During World War II John served in the Navy as the radar supervisor aboard the Destroyer Escort USS Bates. John received the Purple Heart for wounds suffered during the sinking of the Bates. John was perpetually involved in community service throughout his life. He was very active in Boy Scouts, serving as a Troop Committee member and later as the representative of the Parchment United Methodist Church, the sponsor of the troop. He was frequently solicited to umpire Little League games, yielding the pleasure of being abl!
e to watch his sons play ball. John was asked to run for a seat on the Parchment School Board during a tumultuous period in the district's history and served two terms with distinction. John also served on the Kalamazoo Valley Community College Foundation Board for many years. Whether it was church governance, making hospital visits, or simply helping with a rummage sale, John was very active in the Parchment United Methodist Church. John was a volunteer at Michigan State University's Kellogg Biological Station during his retirement years. He also assisted his wife Veva with her volunteer work at the Parchment Community Library, the Ladies Library Association, and the Garden Council. But the most important thing in John's life was his family. He was a very loving and supportive husband and the best father. John earned a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State College in 1951. He started his professional career in large animal practice in Wisconsin, but decided !
to switch career paths so he could spend more time with his family. Jo
hn went back to school, earning a Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan in 1958. He spent the remainder of his career working as a public health veterinarian, retiring as the Interim Director of the Kalamazoo County Health Department in 1983. John was a member of the Parchment United Methodist Church, an Honor Role member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, and later in life the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association. He was elected to Phi Kappa Phi and The Society of Phi Zeta for his scholastic achievements. John is survived by sons Eric (Columbus, OH) and Paul (Kalamazoo), sisters-in-law Ileen Wilkinson (Lansing), Ferne Lolmaugh (Niles), Lois Tanner (Lansing), many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife Veva. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be sent to the Boy Scout Troop 218 or the Parchment United Methodist Church, Rev. Dan Minor officiating. Services will be at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, Apr!
il 13, 2005 at the Parchment United Methodist Church with Reverend Dan Minor officiating. Cremains will be interned in the Grant Township Cemetery at a future date.
4100 S. Westnedge
Published in the Kalamazoo Gazette on 4/11/2005. (posted by a volunteer-no family connection)