John E. "Jack" Rabbitt

  • Born: November 30, 1928
  • Died: April 23, 2020
  • Location: Bellevue, 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 E "Jack" Rabbitt, 91, a lifelong Battle Creek resident, died peacefully after fighting kidney failure for two years.

Jack was born November 30, 1928, in Battle Creek the son of Orie Edgar and Orpah Irene (Lowman) Rabbitt. He attended Hicks Country School and was a 1947 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School. Jack honorably served with the U.S. Army during WWII in Germany and then transferred to the Reserves following the war. He was employed as a millwright at Post Cereals, Kraft Division of General Foods, retiring in 1986.

John E." Jack" Rabbitt was united in marriage to June Marie Vliek on August 20, 1950 at Baseline Methodist Church. John was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years on April 27, 2009. Surviving are a son, John J. (Mary) Rabbitt of Bellevue; two daughters, Janet Rabbitt of Hudsonville, Julie Rabbitt of Battle Creek; four grandchildren, James (Heather) Rabbitt, Chris (Kyra) Rabbitt, Allison DeLong, Rebecca (Lucas) Braun; 5 great-grandchildren, Cooper, Henry, Lyla, Willy, Carter; a sister, Eileen Clemens of Battle Creek; several nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. In addition to his wife, Jack was also preceded in death by his parents, Orie and Orpah Rabbitt and son-in-law, James Walker.

John was a member of Post 25 Year Club and Baseline United Methodist Church. He was a 50-year member of Bellevue Masonic Temple, Battle Creek Saladin Temple and Kalamo Order of the Eastern Star. Jack enjoyed hunting in the Upper Peninsula, traveling throughout the US and Internationally, and spending winters in Texas.

A Memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bellevue Memorial Scholarship (Higher Education at Bellevue Schools). Arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at

Condolence & Memory Journal

Johnnie Joe, Janet and Julie,

I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Jack was always kind, caring and helpful. He was a quiet man (your Mom was the bubbly, outgoing one) but I remember his smile. Your folks were so much a part of my life growing up- Sunday School, Bible School, church events, 4-H, the euchre card parties and other events for Young Adults. I remember your "old house" better than the new and swimming, ice skating and bombing pollywogs from the raft. Your Dad and Mom were awesome and I am so thankful for their love and friendship, just as I am grateful for yours. May God bless you greatly and gently.

Jill (Anderson) Misurelli

Posted by Jill Misurelli - Pleasant Prairie, WI - Friend   May 03, 2020

My heart felt condolences to your family.
Judy (Treadwell) Robertson, Westminster, Colorado

Posted by A friend   May 03, 2020

John, Janet & Julie, (I loved they were all J's) my condolences. Some of my best memories during MYF were spent when your parents hosted. They were one of the cool' parents. My mother, Vera, and I visited your father last year at Northpointe. He remembered me and was his same kind self. A little something special, we named our son Orry (his father was Orie) and I liked reminding him every time I'd visit Baseline. May peace be with you all.

Posted by Diana Harris (Grundemann) - Cary, NC - Family Friend   April 29, 2020

So sorry to hear of John's passing. He and your mother were such lovely,God fearing people. We know he will be greatly missed but because of his faith his eternity is secure. He is in a beautiful place. Condolences to the family.

Posted by Janice Vandlen - Battle Creek, MI - Friend   April 29, 2020

Fond memories of your Dad. He always welcomed us cburch youth into his home. He was a good man and mentor.
Love You All. Tom and Gail Burd

Posted by Tom and Gail Burd - friend   April 29, 2020

My prayers and condolences to your family during this trying time.

Posted by Darlene Walker - Springfield, MI - Family Friend   April 27, 2020

Jack and my siblings shared many childhood memories and family reunions over the years.
Sending my thoughts and prayers to the family during this time .

In remembrance,

Madeline Mead Manby
Daughter of Esther Rabbitt Mead

Posted by Madeline Manby - Elk Rapids, MI - Family   April 26, 2020

To the family:

John was a special friend to Don and Betty Stocken. They spoke so highly of John. My best friend Debbie (Stocken) Frey would be sorrowful if she had not preceded him to Glory. Family, rejoice for he lives in Heaven where there are no more tears. Rejoice when you can and cry when you need. My sincere sorrow in your time of grief.

Posted by Vicki Kipp - The Villages, FL   April 25, 2020