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John  E. "Jack" Rabbitt
  • Bellevue Memorial Scholarship Fund
    201 West Street
    Bellevue, MI 49021

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“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...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Jill Misurelli - Pleasant Prairie, WI

“JulieMy heart felt condolences to your family.Judy (Treadwell) Robertson, Westminster, Colorado ”
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“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...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Diana Harris (Grundemann) - Cary, NC

“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...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Janice Vandlen - Battle Creek, MI

“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 ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Tom and Gail Burd - friend

“My prayers and condolences to your family during this trying time. ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Darlene Walker - Springfield, MI

“Jack and my siblings shared many childhood memories and family reunions over the years. Sending my thoughts and prayers to the family during this...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Madeline Manby - Elk Rapids, MI

“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...Read More »
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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 www.farleyestesdowdle.com.