John H. Hallaxs

  • Born: September 27, 1942
  • Died: August 8, 2018
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

John H. Hallaxs, 75, of Battle Creek, died Wednesday, August 8, 2018 with his family by his side. John was born September 27, 1942 in Battle Creek to Benjamin and Laura (McCandless) Hallaxs. He graduated from Pennfield High School and enrolled in the U.S. Air Force. On June 14, 1963, John married the former Catherine Ridley in New Mexico. The couple enjoyed 55 years of marriage. John retired in 2005 from Semco Energy & Gas.

John is a member of Baseline United Methodist Church and its Men's Group. He enjoyed watching NASCAR and football and spent a lot of time volunteering at the Food Bank. Above all, John loved to spend time with his family and grandchildren.

John is survived by his wife, Catherine; a daughter, Holly Munsch; two grandchildren, Layne and James Munsch; a twin brother, Larry Hallaxs; a sister, Barbara (Lee) Crispin and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A graveside service to celebrate John's life will be 1:30 p.m., Monday, August 13, 2018 at Fort Custer National Cemetery, officiated by Pastor Tim Smothers. Memorial donations may be made to the Food Bank of South Central Michigan or the Humane Society of South Central Michigan. Arrangements by the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed at


Condolence & Memory Journal

Hi Cathy - I texted you but Doug told me you don't text. Just wanted to offer my condolences, so very sorry for your loss. Prayers that you feel God's love.

Posted by Mary Knipp - Fort Collins, CO - Friend   August 13, 2018

So very sorry to hear of your loss. Was a friend of Barb's in high school. Also remember his parents from school and Pennfield Presbyterian Church.

Posted by Sharlene (Wood) Moore - Nashville, MI - Family Friend   August 12, 2018

Cathy and family,
The family of Dean Harris and Kay Harris are sending condolences and AmuFFprayers to you all. We have many great memories of John and will always smile when we speak of him. These last several years have been a struggle that nobody should have to endure but John made the best of it. The thought of him being free and no longer suffering the physical pain comforts us and hopefully you and your family as well. It was nice to reconnect with you and John at CCMCF. We will miss seeing you and John and sharing the conversations of years gone by. We hope to see and hear from you in the future.
Love, hugs and prayers to you all!

Posted by Karen Harris Jones - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   August 10, 2018

I was thinking of John today and how much I missed you both God Bless You

Posted by Kit Waterson - Athens, MI - Friend   August 09, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss.

John was a good friend to my father, working with him at Battle Creek Gas Company (SEMCO) for many years. I know he deeply grieved the loss of my father when he passed 14 years ago.

I admired John for his fighting spirit under such difficult physical restrictions. He definitely fought the good fight.

May God be with you as you walk through this time, and comfort you in your loss. If I can be of any assistance, please let me know.


Posted by Melody Askew - Marshall, MI - Friend   August 09, 2018